Weekly Update: RRF bill fails in US Senate

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$40 billion RRF bill fails in US Senate

“I’m devastated at today’s news that almost 4,000 restaurants in Washington state, which desperately need help through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund will not get it. If not for the filibuster, I’m confident enough senators would have supported this critical lifeline for restaurants. We want to thank Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell for their immense efforts to try to get the bill passed. We will continue fighting for the relief restaurants need to keep their doors open.

– Anthony Anton, Washington Hospitality Association president & CEO

Availability of additional H-2B visas

Great news from AHLA – the federal government will make an additional 35,000 H-2B visas available for the second half of the fiscal year. While this isn’t enough to meet demand, it is good news for members who use this program to hire fantastic teams.

SRA June meeting with Mayor Bruce Harrell

Join us at our next meeting when we welcome a special guest: Mayor Bruce Harrell. We’ll meet at 10 a.m. June 1 at Jerk Shack, 2510 1st Ave Seattle.

Register today.

This summer’s smash hits

The year is almost half over, and many of the culinary trends we saw gaining steam last year continue to be popular.

We’re taking a look at the beverages many customers will request this summer – from absinthe to Shirley Temples.

Webinar: Alcohol to-go rules

The temporary alcohol to-go allowances have been critically important for our industry’s survival during the pandemic. Make sure you’re following all the rules to avoid costly fines, or worse, having your liquor license revoked.

Join us at 10 a.m. on May 25 for a conversation and Q&A with representatives from Washington’s Liquor & Cannabis Board.

Sponsored by Payment Solutions.

WA Cares premiums must be paid back to employees

Did you collect WA Cares premiums from your employees in January?

You should have already refunded the money to employees if those premiums have not already been sent to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

Hospitality Solutions

Can’t afford to offer full medical coverage?

Minimum essential coverage starts at $56 and includes office visits, telemedicine and limited benefits coverage.

It’s a good option when you want to offer insurance to your employees but can’t afford a full medical package.

Offer commuter benefits to employees

Mass transit and parking expenses can be paid for with pre-tax dollars.

Our partnership with Alice supports this by saving you 8% of every dollar spent pre-tax by your employees.

In case you missed it…

Replay: Setting up for summer

CEO Anthony Anton sits down with representatives from local travel bureaus to talk about setting up for a successful summer. Sponsored by IBA.

Alcohol delivery compliance

Rules that allow liquor to-go and alcohol delivery in Washington are great wins for our industry, but if we want to see these rules become permanent, ensuring compliance is important.

Quick Bites: Bare hand contact

Food establishments can apply for a variance for bare hand contact by getting a plan approved by their local health department.