Weekly Update — New mask guidance from L&I, hotel 2021 per diem rates, Rick Braa financial strategies webinar

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New L&I guidance on employee mask alternatives

Do you have employees who are medically exempt from wearing a mask? L&I has new guidance on how to accommodate these employees in a safe way for everyone. Click here.

Tips for cleaning point-of-sale equipment

According to the National Restaurant Association, regularly cleaning and disinfecting point-of-sale (POS) equipment and using handheld POS devices are some of the most effective and prominent contributions you can make to preventing the spread of coronavirus. Read the association’s recommendations here.

[WIN!] 2021 per diem rates for government travel

According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the General Services Administration last week released the fiscal year 2021 per diem rates for government travel in the Continental United States, which reflect pre-pandemic rates. Click here to see the per diem rates in 2021 for your region.

[Updated] Keep hotel employees and guests safe

In support of an industry-wide, enhanced set of health and safety protocols to provide a safe and clean environment for all hotel employees and guests, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) has released an updated version of the AHLA Safe Stay Guidelines. For more about the guidelines, industry resources and ways you can support, click here.

Self-care resources for hospitality

Sanvello includes guided meditation, learning modules, community discussion and daily tips. This mobile app can help your employees improve their mental health. Hospitality workers get free premium features through 2020. Learn more here.

Adapting to a new payments landscape

The ability to accept contactless payments should be an essential component of operating safely and minimizing the spread of germs. Contactless cards, mobile wallets and smartwatches are all convenient and quick ways to pay while avoiding contact at the point of sale. Read more here.


[Register] Rick Braa’s strategies to survive financially

Join Rick Braa of AMP Services as he shares valuable insights on top financial strategies to help you survive in times of crisis. This webinar will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 26. Send your questions to lexn@wahospitality.org.

Click here to register.

[WATCH] Legal expert answers your top coronavirus employee questions

Last week Washington state employment law expert Catharine Morisset answered your questions including:

  • After coronavirus illness, when can an employee return to work?
  • Common paid leave pitfalls?
  • What is your obligation to inform the health department if an employee gets sick?
  • What to do if you’re concerned about employees traveling to coronavirus hot spots?
  • We’ve sliced the one-hour webinar into bite-sized pieces. Watch and get your questions answered today.

Click here


ServSafe Manager Online is here to stay

Washington state can’t have in-person ServSafe Manager classes, but your employees can still get certified online. Employees can take the course and exam with an online proctor, all from the safety of their own homes, at their own pace. Register here.

Industry Roundup

Consumers are worried their restaurants will not survive the pandemic (National Restaurant Association)


A year into popular chicken sandwich, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen eyes 2021 (Nation’s Restaurant News)


Hotel industry faces historic wave of foreclosures. (Lodging)


US Foods launches ghost kitchen help for operators (Restaurant Business)


Kohala Coast Resort Association establishes food assistance program for furloughed employees (The Business Journals)