Opinions on overtime? Voice them to L&I

Climbing the hospitality career ladder is important, and we remain concerned what this overtime rule could do for employees seeking to break into management. The Department of Labor & Industries’ (L&I) draft rule updating the state’s salary overtime threshold for executive, administrative and professional (EAP) employees over the course of six years to 2.5 times the statewide minimum wage beginning in 2020. The projected salary overtime threshold for small and large businesses in 2026 would be $80,000 and adjusted annually for inflation thereafter.

To attend a public hearing, click here for the times and locations and please contact Katie Doyle, grassroots manager.

Reminder: Paid Family and Medical Leave reporting deadline is July 30

The Employment Security Department’s (ESD) Paid Family and Medical Leave reporting deadline for employers for Q1 and Q2 is July 30. ESD has compiled resources for employers about reporting the Paid Family and Medical Leave premiums here.

Food code: The nine most important things you need to know

The state Government Affairs team has identified nine of the most important food code revisions for you. Now it’s up to you to give us feedback on the proposed changes. Your voice matters in this process that happens about once every seven years: speak now or hold your concerns for the next seven years. The Department of Health will also hold listening sessions this July to hear what you think about the proposed changes to the Food Code. If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Louderback, state government affairs senior manager.

Support ProStart and spend the day golfing

Did you know all proceeds from the Golf FORE! Education tournament benefit ProStart? ProStart is a two-year high school program providing students with the skills to jumpstart their hospitality careers. Students can earn scholarship money by winning the Washington state competition, and if they qualify, the National ProStart competition. Together we can guide the next generation into hospitality.

Culinary students compete for scholarships in pop-up cooking competition

Enjoy tastings at the Bison Battle Seattle, a unique pop-up cooking competition featuring Durham Ranch Bison as the main ingredient on July 17 at James Brockey Center, 6000 16th Ave. SW, Seattle. Culinary students from Renton Technical College will battle it out with their own bison-centric appetizers and entrée creations to win cash scholarships! Learn more.

Book now to take advantage of Hospitality Convention room block pricing

Booking is now open for the Hospitality Convention discounted room block. The Hospitality Convention will take place Nov. 3-5 at the Westin Bellevue. Tickets are now on sale for three days of education and networking. Celebrate the best in the hospitality industry. Visit wahospitalityconvention.com to register today!

Put $2,800 back into your pocket

Members who switch to the Washington Hospitality Association Credit Card Processing Program save an average of $2,800 per year per location. With no contract, no early termination fees and statements that are easy to read and understand, your credit card processing just got easier. Contact us today to determine how much you can save by switching. Savings may vary and are not guaranteed.


Register for ServSafe Manager classes

All classes are from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

July 22, Food Services of America, Kent. Registration Deadline: July 8

July 25, Food Services of America, Spokane. Registration Deadline: July 11

Aug. 6, at Bargreen Seattle (SODO), Registration Deadline: July 23

Aug. 13, at Bargreen Tacoma, Registration Deadline: July 30

Aug. 26, at Food Services of America, Everett, Registration Deadline: Aug. 12



First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Hotel & Lodging Certifications

Food Allergy

Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)


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