Weekly Update: New heat exposure rules 🔥, Service charge lawsuits on the rise

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New heat exposure rules for employers 

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recently adopted emergency rules related to heat exposure. These rules went into effect July 13. Now is a great time to make sure your heat exposure policies and procedures are up to date.

Check out our recent article about the new L&I emergency rules on heat exposure. Also, be sure this heat illness prevention poster from L&I is on display for your employees.

Service charge suits are on the rise: we have the info you need 

Service charge lawsuits are on the rise, and hospitality businesses need to be in the know when it comes to posting requirements. The HERO Manual is a great resource for members to stay in compliance. Learn more here.

[Ask a Lawyer] Tips, service charges and class action

As we move towards business as usual, employers need to keep in mind the complex Washington and federal rules regarding tips, tip pooling and service charges. Errors with these rules can cost employers millions of dollars – even before their legal fees – as these issues remain hot topics for class action attorneys.

Presented by employment law attorney Catharine Morisset of Fisher Phillips, this webinar will give attendees a refresher on the rules and offer some tips to avoid common mistakes. Join us at 10 a.m. July 28. Register here.

New small business loan program now accepting applications 

The Department of Commerce has launched a new loan program called the Small Business Flex Fund. Small business owners who suffered economic hardship during the pandemic can receive low-interest loans for up to $150,000.

Click here for more information.

Begin collecting WA Cares premiums in January 2022

Starting in January 2022, employers must collect funds from their employees for long-term care. Each employee will contribute $0.58 for every $100 they earn to this fund. This amount is subject to change.

Employees can start drawing on this fund starting January 2025. Employers do not pay any share of this contribution. Click here to read more.

Late fee suspensions for Transient Accommodation License renewals ending 

The temporary late fee suspension for Transient Accommodation License renewals is coming to an end on July 31. Lodging operators with a Transient Accommodations License from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) should check the status of their license to see if it needs to be renewed.

Check out our article here and the Transient Accommodations page on the DOH website for more information.

Your definitive guide to PPP forgiveness 

Which application form should I use? What does a denial without prejudice from my lender mean? We answered these questions and more at our webinar with the SBA and we’ve made it easy to look through each section of the presentation to find the answers you need the most. Check it out here.

[CEO Podcast] Creating a great workplace culture with Anthony Anton 

Join Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO Anthony Anton as he discusses creating a great workplace culture to attract employees to your business. We’ll meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 4. Register here.

Congress must hear hotelier voices 

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) will host the 2021 Virtual Action Summit on July 21 and 22. Lawmakers need to hear directly from you on why passing the Save Hotel Jobs Act is vitally important to the success of the lodging industry. Register today for an opportunity to share your stories with members of Congress.

And click here to tell your lawmakers you support bipartisan legislation to ensure per diem rates don’t slip below pre-pandemic levels. Absent a fix, per diem rates for the next fiscal year could drop by as much as 25-40% nationally according to the AHLA.

[Webinar] Learn about 7(a) loans through the Small Business Association

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers 7(a) loans to small businesses even when there isn’t a national emergency. Learn how these loans can help you with short- and long-term working capital, refinancing current business debt, purchasing furniture, fixtures and supplies and more. Join us at 10 a.m. July 21, in this quick, 30-minute webinar. Register here.

Washington Trust Act: Watch our webinar replay to learn about your options 

Washington state passed a bill to address the high cost of long-term care (LTC). This new law will assess a payroll tax on all employees to provide a minimum amount of LTC services. Your employees have a choice if they act soon to purchase their own private LTC insurance policy that may qualify them to opt out of the payroll tax. Their policy must be purchased before Nov. 1. Watch the replay here.

National webinar: Put money back in your pocket by maximizing ERTC 

The National Restaurant Association, in partnership with Tri-Merit Specialty Tax Professionals, will host a webinar to help restaurants navigate the nuances of how to claim the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC). Learn from real-life examples of what to expect and share additional ways to get money back in your pocket through other tax credits and incentives.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, July 22 from 11 a.m. – noon PDT. Click here for more information and to register.

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