Session Closing with Tourism Victory and Other Wins
Today is the 60th legislative day and the last day lawmakers may constitutionally meet for the regular 2018 legislative session. Lawmakers will likely be working up until the stroke of midnight to finalize budgets and pass all necessary legislation. This session, the Washington Hospitality Association is excited to share with you many of the wins we achieved. The highlight of this year was securing unanimous passage of Second Engrossed Fourth Substitute Senate Bill 5251, our tourism bill. Tourism is critical to ensuring the health of our industry, local communities and the state.
ProStart Invitational Coming to Spokane, March 10
In Spokane, more than 100 students from 15 schools across Washington will slice and dice their way to scholarships and glory at the 2018 ProStart Invitational at Hotel RL, March 10. The action starts at 8 a.m. if you are interested in cheering on the teams or signing up to volunteer in a pinch. High school students competing are the future of the industry, whether they are interested in management or being chefs. The Spokane chapter of the Washington Hospitality Association donated $400 each to seven local high schools to prepare for the event and $500 for the mock competition. You can find more information about the Sysco ProStart Invitational here, or watch a video starring Guy Fieri and Carla Hall here.
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Department of Revenue to Launch MyDOR – A Portal for State Tax and Business Licensing Services
On March 19, the Department of Revenue is launching MyDOR as the secure portal for both Washington state tax and business licensing services. This launch will affect all businesses and tax professionals who file taxes electronically or access any Department of Revenue secure services. Key dates:
- Monthly filers: February tax return due April 5. The February tax return will NOT be available until March 19 in MyDOR. Due date has been extended from March 25 to April 5, 2018.
- Credit card payments and bill pay services will be shut down from 5 p.m., March 6 until noon, March 19.
- E-File services will be shut down from 5 p.m., March 9, until noon, March 19.
- All remaining services in DOR’s current portal, My Account, will be shut down from 5 p.m., March 15 until noon, March 19.
- All online services are scheduled to be available again in My DOR, on Monday, March 19 at noon.
To help prepare businesses and tax preparers, DOR will host a series of free live webinars starting March 7. Continuing education credit is also available. For a schedule of live webinars, visit dor.wa.gov/mydor. Can’t attend? Watch a recorded webinar, available now on dor.wa.gov.
Come Learn, Engage and Have Fun at the 2018 Washington Hospitality Summits
We are thrilled to announce that the Hospitality Summits are set for the spring of 2018. There are four summits planned between April and May in Bellevue, Seattle, Bellingham & Tacoma. Visit the landing pages for each summit by starting at www.hospitalitysummit.org.
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. Register now.
Your Issues are Our Issues – Register Now for Public Affairs Conference, April 17-18
Share your day-to-day challenges with Congress and your peers at the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. Your participation helps influence laws and regulations that affect restaurant businesses of all types. Join us April 17-18 to show that all politics are local. Register now.
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 include today’s legislative Session 60-day mark, the ProStart Invitational in Spokane, an anti-trafficking workshop and the Washington Hospitality Association’s outreach to graduating students at Washington State University.
Fisher Phillips and Go Green Distribution on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!
Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, online. Ross Boylan and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with Davis Bae, attorney with Fisher Phillips, who discusses immigration enforcement, how it affects employers and what businesses need to know about the I-9 Form. Andy Cook then joins Paul to interview Bruce Lewis of Go Green Distribution, Inc., whose signature product is RD Fresh, a 100 percent natural refrigeration dehumidifier that dramatically improves the shelf life of food.
Eye on Hospitality: Bloodborne Pathogens in Hotels (Protect Yourself)
Better safe than sorry. Nowhere is this old saying truer than when it comes to dealing with bloodborne pathogens. These hazards can spread serious illness, and they are something hotel workers need to be especially aware of. Read more…
- McDonald’s flips its arches upside for International Women’s Day (The Drum)
- Katherine Lam: Stirring up success (National Restaurant Association)
- How the New Airbnb Offerings Impact the Hotel Industry and What Hotels Brands Can Do to Win in the Sharing Economy (Hospitality Net)
- Sweeney: Increase diversity to recruit, retain great staff (National Restaurant Association)
- There’s a Nationwide Cook Shortage. Culinary Training Programs to the Rescue. (Civil Eats)
- Spring beverage trends going back to the basics (Fast Casual)
- How Graduate Hotels Found A Gold Mine In University Towns (Fast Company)
- Starbucks Could Get an Edge Over Dunkin’ Donuts With Leases (Bloomberg)
- McDonald’s to roll out fresh beef burgers nationwide this spring (Chicago Tribune)
- WFF, industry aim to lead way on gender equity (National Restaurant Association)