Weekly Update: Overtime Rule Blocked in Federal Court

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Overtime Rule Blocked in Federal Court: Will Not Take Effect Dec. 1

Employers received something to be thankful for this holiday in the form of yesterday’s ruling from the federal district court for the Eastern District of Texas. The court granted an emergency request to put a hold on the Dec. 1 effective date for the new federal overtime rule that would have extended mandatory overtime pay to more than four million salaried workers from taking effect until it can rule on two challenges to the rule. The court said that 21 state attorneys general challenging the overtime rule, “demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success” on their case’s merits regarding the unlawfulness of the final rule. Click here for more information.


Tip Pooling Ruling Deadline 

Update: Restaurant employers now have a 45-day extension to institute changes to mandatory tip pooling. Previously, the deadline for changes was Dec. 5, to remove mandatory tip pooling practices before you could be subject to agency review or penalty. That deadline is now extended to at least Jan. 19 due to the Supreme Court accepting a motion earlier this week.

What this change means:

  • Restaurants are free from DOL review or penalty concerning tip pooling until Jan. 19. This deadline may also be extended further depending on Supreme Court action.
  • This does not change the ability of individual employees to take legal action.
  • We recommend you contact your lawyer on this issue if you have not yet done so, to assess and understand your options.

For additional questions the Washington Hospitality Association will be hosting a webinar with legal counsel, Bob Donovan. Information to participate is below.

Mon, Dec 5, 2016 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM PST

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/442872397

You can also dial in using your phone:
Dial: 1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 442-872-397


I-124 Effective Date is Coming – Are You Ready?

We anticipate Seattle’s Initiative 124 that concerns the health, safety and labor standards for hotel workers will take effect between Nov. 29 and Dec. 9. Missed the Nov. 21 compliance education meeting? Download and print your compliance packet here. For more information, contact Morgan Hickel.


Happy Thanksgiving!

We at the Washington Hospitality Association are thankful every day for you, our loyal members. We wish you glad tidings and rich fellowship on this uniquely American holiday. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! And remember – our Olympia office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, to celebrate the holiday.


Ten Percent of All Americans Plan on Dining Out on Thanksgiving

According to new research from the National Restaurant Association, one in 10 consumers plan on dining out on Thanksgiving. One in 20 consumers will order a full takeout meal to celebrate Thanksgiving. Consumers also plan on dining out while shopping on Black Friday.


Washington Hospitality 2 Minute News Update

Don’t miss this week’s Washington Hospitality 2 Minute News Update. It is a great recap of last week’s news that matters to the hospitality industry, including I-1433 FAQs; 2017 Hill Climb; Seattle Initiative 124; Spokane paid sick leave ordinance.


Register Now for Spokane Chapter Gala: Jan. 24, 2017

Attention: Spokane Chapter members! The Spokane Chapter Gala is almost here. Mark your calendars from 5–9 p.m., Jan. 24, at the DoubleTree Hotel for a silent auction, industry awards, music and mingling. Get your tickets for $50 a person before Dec. 31. Regular ticket price is $55 per person. For more information, including discounted table pricing options, contact Robyn Bruns via email or at 208.244.0601. Register now!


Hill Climb and Taste Our Best: Feb. 6, 2017

The Washington Hospitality Association organizes Hill Climb and Taste Our Best each year. The annual event gives hoteliers and restaurant operators an opportunity to interact one-on-one with legislators. Throughout the day, members meet with lawmakers to discuss business outlooks, special challenges and to communicate the state of the hospitality industry. Later in the evening, the Taste Our Best legislative reception brings together the people of the hospitality industry and legislators for a night of great food and the finest beers and wines. Save this date: Feb. 6, 2017. Register now! For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.


Special Thanksgiving Edition on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Now Online

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Co-hosts Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz join with their Washington Hospitality Association colleagues Ross Boylan, Katie Doyle, David Faro, and Jillian Henze for a wide-ranging discussion of Thanksgiving, food and fun.