Weekly Update: Seattle Minimum Wage Announcement Coming Soon

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Seattle Minimum Wage Announcement Coming Soon

The City of Seattle will announce its 2019 minimum wage increase on Sept. 30. The increase will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019. For large employers, 501 or more employees, the rate will increase to reflect the rate of inflation based on the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton Area Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), based on a $15.45 per hour rate adjusted for inflation. Large employers will have a single minimum wage regardless of whether the employer pays towards medical benefits or the employee makes tips. For small employers, 500 or fewer employees, the minimum wage for 2019 will be $15, or $12 if the employer pays at least $3 per hour toward the employee’s medical benefits or the employee earns $3 per hour in tips. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/laborstandards.


Last Chance to Register for Golf FORE Education Tournament, Sept. 11

The Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation will present its annual Golf FORE Education, a fundraiser for ProStart, a culinary and management program for high school students. This fun event happens on Sept. 11 at the Washington National Golf Course, 14330 SE Husky Way, Auburn. Cost is $175 per single golfer and $700 per foursome. Sponsorships are available. Hurry up and register now. This is an event you don’t want to miss. For more information, visit the Golf FORE Education website.


Tips/Gratuities/Service Charges: Your Comments Needed by Sept. 17

The draft administrative policies for tips, gratuities and service charges are now available for public comment. If adopted as written, this would represent a major win for our industry. The draft policies align with our current industry guidelines and are consistent with federal rules that allow tip pooling. The Washington Hospitality Association is supportive of the draft policy as written and we encourage you to provide your feedback to the department. The draft policies will be open for comment until Sept. 17.


Paid Family & Medical Leave Webinar Sept. 26

With the start of the paid family & medical leave program set to begin on Jan. 1, 2019, the Washington Hospitality Association wants to make sure you have the information you need to be ready for these changes. Join Julia Gorton, Director of State Government Affairs and a policy expert from the Employment Security Department for a high-level overview of how Paid Family and Medical Leave will work in our state.

  • WHAT: Paid Family & Medical Leave Webinar
  • WHEN: 10 a.m.-noon, Sept. 26
  • WHO: Presented by Julia Gorton, Director of State Government Affairs, and the Employment Security Department

RSVP today to Nicole Vukonich if you would like to participate


Hotel Industry Announces Employee and Guest Safety Promises

Today, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and top hotel brands announced a new Five-Star Promise to employee and guest safety. The promise highlights the hotel industry’s people-focused culture, mandatory anti-sexual harassment policies, training, employee safety device implementation, expert guidance and vital partnerships. The announcement was live-streamed earlier today. Watch the announcement and learn more here.


You’re Invited: DOL Hosts Overtime Rule Listening Session in Seattle

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is holding public listening sessions to gather views on white collar exemption regulations, often referred to as the Overtime Rule. The department plans to update the Overtime Rule and is interested in hearing ideas on possible revisions to the regulations. Read the position of the National Restaurant Association. Register now.

  • WHEN: 10 a.m.-noon, Sept. 11
  • WHERE: Jackson Federal Building, 912 2nd Ave., Suite 566, Seattle


Spokane’s North Monroe Corridor Officially Open for Business

Construction on the North Monroe Corridor between Indiana and Kiernan in Spokane is finished, and the road officially opened for business this morning. The project wrapped up a month and a half earlier than expected. The project included a “road diet,” that slimmed down the street from five lines to three, and new curbs, lighting, benches, landscaping and bus stops. Businesses will hold an official celebration of the street’s opening Sept. 15.


Regional Meetings! Save the Date

Join the Government Affairs team as we travel the four corners of Washington state for regional meetings! Regional meetings are a way for you to provide input on what issues are important to you, offer feedback on the proposed legislative matrix and learn more about changes coming to the industry on Jan 1, 2019. Visit the website to find a meeting near you!


Tacoma Restaurants Targeted in Health Inspection Scam

A health department impersonation scam has been reported by four local restaurants, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. The scam includes someone calling a local restaurant demanding cash for an inspection or as a fee before they can open the restaurant. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department warns local restaurants to beware of this scam. The department will never call and demand cash.  If your food establishment receives a scam call, report it to the authorities:


Attention: Spokane Members! Meetings Coming Soon on Sept. 18

It’s been a long summer and busy high season. Come and reconnect with your fellow members of the Spokane Hotel Motel Association at 11 a.m., on Sept. 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center, 322 N. Spokane Falls Court. Also on Sept. 18, this month’s Spokane Chapter meeting will be at 3 p.m. in the meeting room adjacent to the Palm Court restaurant of the Historic Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. Cherie Gwinn from the Spokane Regional Sports Commission will speak about coming events in Spokane and how many people are expected to visit this year. For more information, contact Tobby Hatley.


Mayor Woodards at Tacoma Membership Meeting, Sept. 19

Washington Hospitality Association members in the Tacoma area are invited to attend a general membership meeting from 9-10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Cloverleaf in Tacoma. This will be an opportunity for members to learn about what’s happening in Tacoma and voice thoughts and concerns. Mayor Victoria Woodards will also join the group to speak briefly about happenings in the City Council. RSVP to join us at the event here.



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HotSchedules and Training for Winners on DineNW – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s Dine NW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Nicole Vukonich chat with Mary Hamill, vice president of sales solutions at HotSchedules. Andy then joins with Paul Schlienz to interview Gary Hernbroth, chief motivating officer at Training for Winners.



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