Weekly Update: Menu-Labeling Deadline, May 5

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Menu-Labeling Deadline, May 5: Know the Rules

Starting on May 5, restaurants with 20 or more locations will be required to comply with menu-labeling rules under the Affordable Care Act. The rules took effect last year, and some chains have already installed menus with nutrition information in all of their locations. Read more…


Special Legislative Session Begins

The regular session ended on Sunday, April 23. Special session began immediately. Several bills are still in the works as they are considered necessary to implement the budget. Bills still to be considered include: paid family leave, skilled worker outreach grants, liquor legislation, tourism and more. However, several bills were also passed in the regular session – you can see them here. As the special session continues we will be sending the Legislative News on an as-needed basis. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.


Seattle’s Short-Term Rental Proposal Updated

Councilmember Tim Burgess released a new short-term rental proposal April 25. The proposal seeks to regulate those who rent properties through platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. The updates allow owners to rent their primary residence and one additional unit. There is no limit of rental nights per year, but owners must get a city short-term rentals operator’s license and a business license. The Seattle City Council will consider the updated proposal at a meeting of the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee in early June. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.



King County Hiring Event, May 5 – Don’t Miss It!

May 5 will be a big day for hospitality employers and job-seekers in King County. The King County Hiring Event will take place at the Motif, in Seattle, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The purpose of the day is to connect King County citizens with opportunities, and employers with ready-to-work candidates. Employers and HR teams looking to fill positions with prequalified candidates in King County should contact Roxanne Lomeli.

Spokane Hospitality Summit, May 22

Register today for the first-ever Washington Hospitality Summit presented by Food Services of America. Get ready to get engaged with an information packed afternoon filled with a keynote speaker, breakout sessions and a one-stop-shop trade show for all your business’ needs. Attendee cost is $30. Tickets can be purchased at hospitalitysummit.org/attendee_registration. The event will be held at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Spokane City Center, 322 North Spokane Falls Court, Spokane, May 22, 12:30-5:30 p.m.


Spokane Chapter Golf Tournament, June 6

You won’t want to miss the Spokane Chapter Golf Tournament on June 6, at Wandermere Golf Course. Afternoon Shotgun starts 1 p.m. Registration opens at 11 a.m. Registration is $95 per person until May 7. After May 7, the price goes up to $105 per person. Register here for players and sponsorships. Questions? Contact Robyn@RedLetterEventPlanning.com or 208.244.0601.


Tacoma Hospitality Summit, June 12

Mark your calendars for the Tacoma Hospitality Summit, June 12, 12:30-5 p.m., at the Hotel Murano. For more information, visit http://www.hospitalitysummit.org/tacoma.



Granting Extended Time Off: Maternity Leave

Watch the newest video in our Advisory Network series. Ricky Carroll, HR manager at Personnel Management Systems Inc., tells you what to think about if you have a new employee requesting extended time off for maternity leave. If you want to watch all of the videos from the Advisory Network, you can find them here. Consultations with the Washington Hospitality Association Advisory Network are a free member benefit. If you have a question, contact your area coordinator and we’ll put you in touch with one of the Network’s industry experts.


Third Party Delivery Services on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. This special show, recorded at the recent Hospitality Summit, in Seattle, features an in-depth panel discussion on third party delivery services. Participants include Dave Rutenberg, of UberEATS; Ken Naito, owner of three Original Pancake Houses; Rick Braa, principal at AMP Services; Moe Khan, owner of Seattle’s Cedars; and Meg Trainer, owner of Seattle’s Bounty Kitchen.


Eye on Hospitality: Focus on Third Party Delivery

Third party food delivery is emerging as a true game changer in the hospitality industry. Currently, the food delivery market is $30 billion per year, in the U.S., and $210 billion throughout the world. The online food delivery market is growing at a rate of 17 percent per year. Sixty-seven percent of online sales are incremental to on premise sales. Seeing food delivery’s massive impact on the world of restaurants, the Washington Hospitality Industry held a panel discussion on third-party delivery at its recent Hospitality Summit, in Seattle. Read more…