Weekly Update: Primary Election Results are Rolling In

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Primary Election Results are Rolling In

Washington’s primary was Aug. 7 and ballots are still being counted! Following a national trend, what’s being described as a “blue wave,” Democratic candidates are leading the polls in a large portion of the legislative races. As of this morning, the voter turnout is low as expected at about 28 percent with thousands of ballots left to count in some of the larger counties. The primary election will be certified on Aug. 24 by Washington State Secretary of State Kim Wyman. The top two candidates regardless of party will advance to November’s general election. If you would like to track the results in your area, click here.

 

Update on Salary Overtime Threshold Rulemaking

The state Department of Labor and Industries held a stakeholder meeting this week on the salary threshold for Executive, Administrative and Professional (EAP) exemptions. The purpose of the meeting was to provide a summary of the comments they received on the scope of the rulemaking and receive further input. The Washington Hospitality Association and a coalition of the business community is urging the department to align their proposed salary threshold with the federal rules on EAP exemptions. Some stakeholders would like to see the salary threshold increased to three times the state’s minimum wage to about $70,000 and tied to inflation. L&I has asked for additional comments to address their scoping questions (available here) by Sept. 5. If you have any questions, please contact Julia Gorton.

 

Washington Hospitality Magazine’s August Issue on its Way to Your Mailbox

Washington Hospitality Magazine’s August issue is out. This issue includes articles on strategic planning, passing down your family business and an interview with “No Vacancies” host Glenn Haussman.

 

Mark Your Calendars: Golf Fore Education, Sept. 11

You won’t want to miss this year’s Golf Fore Education tournament. It’s a great day of golf at the Washington National Golf Course in Auburn from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. It funds the Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation.

  • $175 for a single golfer
  • $700 for a foursome
  • $50 for the awards dinner only

Register and learn more at golf.wahospitality.org.

 

Spokane Chapter General Membership Meeting—Come Learn About Emerging Industry Trends

The Spokane Chapter of the Washington Hospitality Association will hold its next meeting Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. at Food Services of America, 3520 E. Francis Ave. Mike Maguire and Chef Alexa Wilson will present Emerging Trends in Our Industry. This is a general membership meeting, so everyone is invited. The Spokane Chapter would also like to invite any members of the Spokane Hotel Motel Association who would like to attend. RSVP by Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. to Tobby Hatley. For more information, visit spokanehospitality.org.

 

Food Code: Join Other Hospitality Businesses

The Washington State Department of Health is asking for public comment on the current Washington State Retail Food Code. After receiving member input, we know that the hospitality industry wants to mitigate its environmental impact, increase food safety education and remove the exclusion of bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods. Would you like to join other hospitality businesses and add your name to a letter addressed to the Department of Health asking to allow minimal bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat food? Email Samantha Louderback with your name and logo. Or click here if you would like to submit comments about the Food Code.

 

Hospitality Leadership Training Opportunities

The Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation, in collaboration with Dancing Shepherd Leadership Development Services, is piloting a new program designed to develop exceptional leadership skills and core competencies for current and high-potential leadership talent in the hospitality industry. The association will host a bimonthly series of leadership classes from Sept. 27 to Nov. 1. The course costs $599. Scholarships are available. For more information and registration, contact Marcella Hyde at marcellah@wahospitality.org or call 360.956.7279.

 

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Round Table Pizza Clubhouse and Pierce County Project Access on DineNW – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with Paul Barbano, owner of Bonney Lake’s Round Table Pizza Clubhouse. Andy and Paul then interview Timm Dowling, director of development at Pierce County Project Access, a network of health care professionals who donate care to uninsured, low-income residents of Pierce County.

 

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