L&I adopts overtime threshold at 2.5 times the minimum wage

The Department of Labor & Industries announced Wednesday the adoption of rules to update the Executive, Administrative and Professional (EAP) exemptions under the Washington State Minimum Wage Act. The adopted rules propose a new overtime salary threshold set at 2.5 times the statewide minimum wage and a eight year phase-in period beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

On Jan. 1, 2020, small (0-50 employees) and large (51+ employees) businesses will be subject to the new federal overtime threshold which is currently set at $684 per week or $35,568 per year. After that the state overtime threshold will grow according to business size, ending at 2.5 times the minimum wage.

By 2028 at full implementation the overtime threshold will be approximately $83,356 per year. Click here to read the full announcement.

Don’t let fear stop you from raising your menu prices — do it the right way

Our latest HUB content follows up on our popular article breaking down how you can raise your menu prices, the right way. We spoke with Washington restaurant experts to provide you the tools and information you’ll need to raise your menu prices correctly. Don’t let fear or anxiety keep you from making a plan and sticking to it. Click here to get started.

Isolated workers’ safety: Policies, resources, training and panic buttons on Jan. 1

Hotels with 60 or more rooms, come Jan. 1, will need:

  • an anti-sexual harassment policy
  • to provide resources to workers about state and local organizations
  • sexual harassment prevention training
  • to give panic buttons to hotel or motel housekeepers and room attendants

The Department of Labor & Industries has created new guidance for employers. Get this new resource in the toolkit online.

LCB rulemaking proposes removal of 42-inch barrier, adds more flexible options

The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) is gathering comments about a proposed rule to update and remove the 42” barrier requirement from restaurants in favor of more flexible options. The barriers were intended to separate the space between the bar and the rest of the restaurant, however, they take up additional space that could be used for more family-friendly restaurant seating. The adoption of these rules would be a big win for members. The public comment period is open until Jan. 8. Send supportive comments about this proposal to rules@lcb.wa.gov.

The LCB will also be holding a hearing on the proposed rule update at 10 a.m. on Jan. 8 in the Board Room of the LCB’s Olympia Headquarters. Click here for more information.

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Grant opportunity for waste prevention projects

Seattle Public Utilities is accepting grant applications through Feb. 21 for grants that prevent waste. The Waste-Free Communities Matching Grants will give awards totaling $100,000 to businesses and groups that create or expand waste prevention projects. To be eligible, projects must increase waste prevention in Seattle by starting a new project or expanding an existing activity. Grant requests may range from $3,000 to $20,000 and there’s a 50% matching requirement for recipients. For more info click here.

Minimum wage increases Jan. 1

The statewide minimum wage will increase to $13.50 on Jan. 1. In Seattle and SeaTac the locally adopted minimum wages will increase too. Click here to go to the Minimum Wage Resource page.

Human trafficking prevention training

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Individual Staff Training Course (English): WAHospitality-staff

Individual Staff Training Course (Spanish): WAHospitality-span

Individual Manager Training Course and Group Training Course (English or Spanish): WAHospitality

MAST Permits will not be mailed during holidays

The Education Foundation office will be closed Dec. 23-Jan. 2. During this time, MAST permits will not be mailed. The last day permits will be mailed is Dec. 20. To avoid delays, ensure your employees complete their exam before Dec. 18. Normal business hours and mailing of permits will resume on Jan. 2.


Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes

All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Everett: Feb. 10 at US Foods (Previously known as Food Services of America)

Registration Deadline: Jan. 27

Kent: Jan. 13 at Harbor Foodservice (Previously known as Food Services of America)

Registration Deadline: Dec. 27

Seattle (SODO): Jan. 7 at Bargreen Ellingson

Registration Deadline: Dec. 23

Spokane: Jan. 23 at US Foods

Registration Deadline: Jan. 9

Tacoma: Jan. 16 at Bargreen Ellingson

Registration Deadline: Jan. 2

Register your employees


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