Weekly Update: L&I Proposes Salary Threshold of up to $75,000

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L&I Proposes Salary Threshold of up to $75,000

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has worked with stakeholders to update the “white collar” exemptions under the Minimum Wage Act for Executive, Administrative and Professional staff, including overtime and updating the salary threshold.

What’s at stake: The current set of pre-draft rules proposes to tie the salary threshold to a range of 1.5-3 times the state minimum wage, which is $37,000 – $75,000 annually. Tying the salary threshold to the minimum wage of any multiplier is problematic and would be harmful to the hospitality industry. Learn more about the EAP Rulemaking here.

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Restrictive Scheduling Topic of House Work Session Earlier Today

The House of Representatives Labor & Workplace Standards Committee today had a work session on restrictive scheduling where State Director of Government Affairs Julia Gorton testified on behalf of the Washington Hospitality Association. During her testimony Julia shared with the committee data that was gathered from employees within the industry and illustrated that our employees are mobile, young and well-educated. Maintaining flexibility within the industry is essential. Click here to watch the testimony.


Straw Ban Proposal Reaches Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor City Councilwoman Jeni Woock proposed banning single-use plastic this past summer and now is working to pass two ordinances she proposed in September. Woock said she has not received pushback from foodservice businesses on the ordinances. The council will conduct a public discussion and vote in November on the ordinances. Seattle’s composting companies list accepted compostable products to help guide your search for plastic alternatives here and here. How will this affect your business? Let us know by emailing joeb@wahospitality.org.


Get Ready Spokane & Tri Cities! Regional Meetings Headed Your Way

Government Affairs regional meetings are a way for you to provide input on what issues are important to you, offer feedback on the proposed legislative matrix and learn more about changes coming to the industry. The Government Affairs Team and a policy expert from the Employment Security Department will present an overview and answer questions about the Paid Family & Medical Leave Act that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019.


Oct. 23 – Spokane

2 – 4 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn

9015 W Hwy 2

Spokane, 99224

RSVP for Spokane


Oct. 24 – Tri-Cities

10 a.m. – Noon

The Lodge at Columbia Point

530 Columbia Point Drive

Richland, 99352

RSVP for Tri-Cities


Reminder: New Flyer Available About Service Animals

Last session, Washington Hospitality worked with stakeholders and legislators to update the state’s service animal law. Last month, a new informational flyer was released to offer businesses and service animal handlers more information about their rights and responsibilities.


City of Tacoma Seeks Input on Ruston Way Waterfront

The City of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma are requesting input from the community to guide planning of the city’s waterfront.

The city will hold a visioning workshop on Oct. 29 from 5-8 p.m. and a drop-in open house on Oct. 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Court House Square, 1102 A St #438. The city hopes these discussions will help direct the future of Tacoma’s waterfront.

Learn more by visiting EnvisionOurWaterfront.org.


CEO Anton to Speak at the Spokane Hotel Motel Association October Meeting

Washington Hospitality Association CEO Anthony Anton will be at the next Spokane Hotel Motel Association meeting.

  • When: 11:30 a.m., Oct. 16
  • Where: Ramada by Wyndham at the Spokane Airport, 8909 W. Airport Drive
  • Cost: $25

Members of the Spokane Chapter are invited to attend.

Email Toni Hansen to reserve your place.


Seattle Hotel Association General Membership Meeting

Come check out the incredible new space at the Charter Hotel while we discuss local issues and projects. The Charter staff will also provide tours to attendees. We’ll have more information coming soon!

  • When: 4 to 8 p.m., Nov. 8
  • Where: Charter Hotel Seattle, 1610 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

Email Teddi McGuire to RSVP.


This Week on Dine NW

On this episode of Dine NW, Andy Cook speaks with Janel Rupp of Performance Reps NW about modern innovations in restaurant kitchen equipment (some of it is space-age AMAZING). Later in the episode Andy speaks with Adam Palmer from Stop Bugging Me Pest Control: Best practices in prevention, seasonal migration and how a little attention goes a long way.


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