Pierce County Hiring Event a Big Success

Today was a big day for hospitality employers and job-seekers in Pierce County. Washington Hospitality Association’s Hiring Event connected Pierce County citizens with opportunities in the hospitality industry, and employers with ready-to-work candidates. Hospitality is one of the best industries to find a job as evidenced in the 200 job openings at the event, ranging from entry level to $90,000 per year. Multiple people received more than one job offer, and assistance was available for job seekers with transportation issues or child care needs.


DOL Urges Supreme Court to Align with Current Tip Pooling Law

Washington restaurants can already tip pool with heart-of-the-house employees. The Department of Labor filed its response last week urging the Supreme Court to reject and vacate the court decision that made it illegal to share tips with back-of-the-house employees, such as cooks and dishwashers, even in states where the employer doesn’t take a tip credit. We look forward to a decision by the Supreme Court that matches the current federal labor law. What does this mean to you? In practical terms, nothing. This clarifies national news you may have read. If everything goes as expected, this is legal cleanup that aligns lower court decisions with DOL.


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GDPR – What It is and How It Affects Hospitality

Washington hospitality businesses that serve European customers need to follow a new data protection law. It’s not often that a European law directly affects massive numbers of U.S. businesses, but this is the case with the General Data Protection Regulation, better known as the GDPR. Effective as of May 25, the GDPR is a new set of rules designed to give European Union citizens more control over their personal data. Read more…


Final Rules for I-124 Announced

This afternoon, Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards published the administrative rules for the Hotel Employees Health & Safety Initiative (HEHS SMC 14.25), which was passed by voters as Initiative 124 and became law in Nov. 2016. These final rules become effective July 1, 2018.

The Seattle Hotel Association and many of its members were actively engaged in the rule-making process, which began in January of this year. This included participation in an extensive series of stakeholder meetings and numerous public comments on the draft rules. Administrative rules are legally binding and intended to clarify how the law works.

The Seattle Government Affairs team is reviewing the rules and will be sending communications shortly to SHA members. In the meantime, the rules and an FAQ are available on the OLS website here.


Washington Hospitality Convention: Where Hospitality Comes to Connect – Register Now!

Registration for the Washington Hospitality Convention, Nov. 11-13, in Renton, is open. Join with more than 300 hospitality professionals for three days of sharing ideas, learning about industry trends and finding new products and services for your operation. Advance registration saves you $50. Register today.


Time is Running Out! Register Now for Spokane Chapter Golf Benefit, June 5

The Spokane Chapter Golf Benefit is June 5. Check-ins at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Awards and dinner will follow at 6 p.m. The cost to participate is $125 per person or $500 per four-person team. Don’t golf? That’s okay—you can attend the awards and dinner for $18. Registration and sponsorship information is available here.


Attention: Island and Skagit County Members! Anacortes Roundabout Construction Begins

Construction began on the Sharpes Corner roundabout at the intersection of SR 20 and SR 20 Spur in Anacortes Wednesday. Crews will remove the stoplight and reduce traffic to and from Anacortes and Whidbey Island to single, free-flowing lanes in all directions around the work zone. The single-lane roundabout will open mid-June. Its final configuration as a double lane roundabout will open by early July. All lanes and the bicycle and pedestrian path are expected to be open by July 4. To see an illustration of the completed changes, click here.



Two-Minute Video: What You Need to Know

Don’t miss this great video recap of the news you need to know. This week’s topics include the Seattle City Council’s unanimously vote to tax jobs, Hospitality Week in Tacoma, Hospitality Month for Washington state and the Pierce County Hiring Event.


Hospitality Hiring Event and Internships on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Andy Cook, David Faro and Sandra Miller of the Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation discuss the Washington Hospitality Association’s exciting Pierce County Hiring Event. Andy then joins with Paul Schlienz to interview Kristina Maya Holtrop, who will discuss her experiences as an intern at the Washington Hospitality Association. Listen here…