Weekly Update: Poll – Seattle Restaurant Workers are Highly Satisfied at Work; New Scheduling Policies are Not Their Priority

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Yesterday, the City of Seattle released its results of the worker scheduling practices survey. You can read the full results here. The city survey reinforces what the Seattle Restaurant Alliance’s survey data shows and what employers have been hearing from employees. The significant majority of Seattle restaurant workers is highly satisfied with the work, schedules and the flexibility our industry offers. For more information, contact Jillian Henze. Read more…

Attention Seattle Hoteliers: I-124 Update

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to not release the city’s file on I-124, which received its required signatures, citing a need to meet in executive session to talk about likely legal challenges from AHLA and possibly others after the ordinance is passed. Not releasing the file also means the council has a one-week delay to decide if it will adopt the ordinance or reject it and send it to the ballot in November. If the council wants to pass it, it could do so on August 1. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.

WRA/WLA Testifies to Spokane City Council on Human Trafficking

WRA/WLA Local Government Affairs Coordinator Zack Lindahl testified to the Spokane City Council on the importance of fighting human trafficking. His testimony is on this video of the meeting around the 40:30 mark. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.

HERO Manual Update: Breastfeeding Laws for Employers

The WRA and WLA are your resource. We recently updated our HERO Manual to include the current provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding breastfeeding employees.

What you need to know: The Affordable Care Act amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act, creating a nursing mothers break time provision for employees. Read more…

Webinar on Workplace Violence, August 2 – Register now!

Don’t miss a one hour National Restaurant Association-sponsored webinar where we will discuss policies and practices to increase awareness, recognition and reporting of actual or potential incidents of workplace violence, warning signs of workplace violence, assessing your risk and deploying proportionate measures, and whether you should conduct “active shooter” training. The webinar will take place Tuesday, August 2, 2:30 p.m. Register now.

Be a Sponsor for the WRA and WLRA’s Golf Fore Education 2016!

The ProStart GolfFORE! Education Tournament at Washington National Golf Course is right around the corner on September 20. Help support ProStart, the program that is training our industry’s future leaders. Learn more here.

Whidbey Coffee Company and Habit Burger on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Co-hosts Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz interview Jeremy McDermott, Whidbey Coffee Company’s director of retail operations, and Habit Burger’s AJ Jaffrey.

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Hospitality Industry Embraces Pokémon GO

There’s no escaping Pokémon GO. Unless you’ve been stranded on a desert island, it’s nearly impossible not to know that the Pokémon GO craze has taken the world by storm like no other smartphone game. And smart restaurants and hotels are finding ways to attract the game’s devotees to their premises as paying customers. Read more…