Book Your Room for Hill Climb 2018 by Tomorrow!
With Hill Climb 2018 and Taste Our Best coming up soon, it’s time to reserve your hotel room before the room block expires tomorrow, Jan. 12. Rates significantly increase after tomorrow, so book your rooms today! Hill Climb 2018 and the Taste Our Best legislative reception are the best events of the year, so don’t miss them!
The 2018 Legislative Session Began This Week
With just 60-days of session in even numbered years, your State Government Affairs team is already hard at work. Earlier this week, Morgan Hickel offered testimony in opposition to Senate Bill 6010, a bill that will impose a $3 per night per room tax on all lodging establishments in cities with fewer than 10,000 people for the purpose of public infrastructure and public safety investments. This bill unfairly targets the lodging industry and sets bad precedent. Additionally this week, Julia Gorton testified in support of Senate Bill 5689, a bill that recognizes the role that immigrants play in our state’s workforce and creates the Keep Washington Working Steering Committee. If you would like to receive regular updates about what’s happening during the legislative session, email Nicole Vukonich, State Communications Manager, at Nicolev@wahospitality.org to receive Legislative News.
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Paid Family Medical Leave Phase 1 Draft Rules Released, Public Comment Period Open
The State of Washington made history last session when it passed the most generous and most businesses-friendly Paid Family and Medical Leave Act in the country. The state Employment Security Department this week released the first draft rules related to the state’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave program and is seeking public comment via their public comment portal. To comment, you may create an account or comment anonymously. Please note that anonymous comments will not be publicly visible. To learn more about the Paid Family and Medical Leave program timeline, click here.
Walla Walla Requires Annual Business Licenses
The City of Walla Walla requires an annual business license as of Jan. 2, 2018. The city has partnered with the State of Washington Business License Service (BLS) to process new licenses and renewals. This move comes as a transition from the business registrations formerly used by the city. The new rule applies to businesses operating in Walla Walla including outside contractors. The ordinance puts in place an annual $50 business license fee and an additional $19 fee for first time applicants. Renewals and additional endorsements will incur an $11 fee. Non-profits, businesses with $5,000 or less gross revenue, educational institutions and churches are exempt from the license fee but still must file a BLS application with the city. For more information, check out the city’s business license FAQ here.
2018 Labor Law Posters Now Available
The Hospitality Association’s 2018 labor poster is here! Beautifully designed with all the labor information you are required to post, according to federal and state law, these posters are $5 each. This price includes tax, shipping and handling. That’s the best deal in the state, so get them while you can.
L&I Offering Paid Sick Leave Training Webinars – Register Now!
Get informed on the state’s new paid sick leave program through training webinars presented by L&I throughout January and February. Register now
What You Need to Know About Filing I-9 Immigration Forms – Seminar, Feb. 23
In 2018 we expect the current administration to quadruple the number of I-9 investigations for employers. Do you feel confident that you have an I-9 form completed for all of your employees? Are the forms are completed properly? Join immigration partner Davis Bae from the law firm Fisher Phillips for a Feb. 23 webinar and a brief discussion on electronically filing I-9 forms. Register here. For more information, email Kim Lyons or call her at 503.205.8088.
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 are the beginning of the 2018 legislative session begins and the Washington Hospitality Association’s push for a state tourism authority, a jobs tax under consideration in Seattle, and developments in Tacoma and Spokane.
Go Green Distribution and Q Technologies on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show
Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with an interview with Bruce Lewis of Go Green Distribution, whose signature product is RD Fresh. Andy and Paul then chat with Brian Johnson, CEO of Q Technologies.
Eye on Hospitality: Hotels and Restaurants Hopeful About Tax Reform
Congress just passed the most far reaching tax reform package since 1986, and restaurants and hotels are generally optimistic about its effects on their ability to do business. Read more…
- Choice Hotels to allow food delivery services (USA Today)
- Goodbye to Shared Plates and Communal Tables: Fine Dining Is Back (Bloomberg)
- Column: McDonald’s to drop foam packaging by year’s end (Chicago Tribune)
- Scholarships Immediately Available to Grow Workers’ Skill Sets and Create Career Pathways (Wine Business)
- California bill would require hotels to ban guests accused of harassment (Travel Weekly)
- Romaine lettuce suspect in deadly E. coli outbreak in US and Canada (Nation’s Restaurant News)
- Restaurants report mixed results in early look at earnings (Nation’s Restaurant News)
- Judge dismisses lawsuit against Starbucks for underfilling lattes (Nation’s Restaurant News)
- Hilton experiments with the hotel room of the future (USA Today)
- Latin cuisine offerings in the US will expand with regional, reimagined dishes (SmartBrief)
- ICE Cracks Down on 7-Elevens in a Predawn Raid (The Stranger)
- Seattle attempts to impose morality with ridiculously high taxes on sugary drinks (Rare)