[HUB] Meals and breaks, updated guidance

With increased attention to the laws on meals and rest breaks, Washington Hospitality Association members may access the most up-to-date guidance on this topic in the HUB. As a reminder, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that all required breaks are taken and prove that is the case.

To read the definitions, requirements for meals and rest breaks click here.

[New tools] Coronavirus and restaurants

In January 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first U.S. case of the coronavirus had been discovered in Washington state. The National Restaurant Association just released new resources to educate and guide restaurants regarding coronavirus. Click here.

What to do if you get this IRS letter

According to the National Restaurant Association, if you receive a letter entitled 226-J from the Internal Revenue Service, don’t ignore it.

“The 226-J letters are the IRS’s official notice to an employer for allegedly failing to comply with the Affordable Care Act employer mandate – essentially a penalty for a large employer’s failure to offer eligible full-time employees an affordable health plan,” the national association said.

For more information, click here.

King County jobs tax bill was heard Tuesday

House Bill 2907 proposes to tax businesses with employees who earn over $150,000 per year in counties with a population of over 2 million people to raise funds to address the homelessness crisis. In Washington state, that means only King County would be affected by this bill.

Additionally, the bill would allow King County to enact the tax by a vote of the council and would not prevent the city of Seattle from adopting an additional jobs tax. Julia Gorton, director of State Government Affairs pointed this out during Tuesday’s hearing.

To read The Seattle Times article about the bill click here. To watch the hearing, click here.

Can you cook a 3-course meal in one hour?

On March 14, high school culinary students from across the state will have one hour to produce the best three-course meal of their lives. Join us at the ProStart Invitational, hosted at the Hotel RL in Olympia, to witness the fiery competition. Click here for details.

It’s time to get real with payments

We know how seriously important access to real-time payments is to you. With the Real Time Payments network, federally-insured banks or credit unions can receive payments immediately and access funds at any hour or day of the week. Elavon, which powers our payments processing program, is already working to leverage the Real Time Payments system. Read more here.

Want to hear about other bills we testified on this week?

Look for your Leg (Ledge) News on Friday afternoons. These email updates contain all the legislative news you need to know about for the week and the week ahead. For example, this week we testified on bills addressing in-home kitchens and Tourism Promotion Areas. Email Nicole Vukonich to subscribe.

Take part in minimum wage impact survey

Washington State University is conducting an anonymous survey on the impacts of minimum wage changes on Washington hospitality operations and financial performance. There are conflicting reports on how the minimum wage increases have impacted Washington businesses, and we need your input so we can better inform the industry and government about those impacts. WSU will be sharing its findings with the association. You can also receive a copy; information in survey.


[Q&A] Do we have in-person ServSafe Alcohol classes?

The Education Foundation will host two in-person ServSafe Alcohol classes later this year. We will be releasing details soon. To be notified of these classes, email training@wahospitality.org. Alternatively, employees can take the course online for $20 with promo code WAPROMO20.


Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes

All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Everett: April 20 at US Foods

Registration Deadline: April 6

Fife: March 4 at US Foods
Registration Deadline: Feb. 19

Port Angeles: Feb. 24 at The Bistro at Sapor (previously Michael’s Seafood and Steakhouse)

Registration Deadline: Feb. 10

Spokane: March 26 at US Foods
Registration Deadline: March 12

Seattle (SODO): March 3 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: Feb. 18

Tacoma: March 19 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: Feb. 19

Register your employees

Additional Training Available

First Aid
MAST Permit
Food Allergies
Restaurant Certifications
Hotel & Lodging Certifications
Sexual Harassment Prevention


Wendy’s breakfast menu is coming in March (Restaurant Business)

Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel celebrates its past during renovation (The Seattle Times)

How the Red Robin and Donatos partnership came together (Nation’s Restaurant News)

Sisters shake up industry with North America’s 1st landscape hotel (AZ Big Media)

You put what in my tortilla? Chefs are adding new colors and flavors to masa (TexasMonthly)

Hotels, tour operators get adventurous with experiential travel (SmartBrief)