Weekly Update: Snow toolkit, cross-train your staff, Passport Rewards

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[NEW TOOLKIT] WA experts advise: Snow + inclement weather prep

Winter starts Saturday and the snow and windstorms are coming, sending Washington’s hospitality industry into a scramble. In addition to reminding employees that statewide paid sick leave cannot be taken because of inclement weather or snow, here is a roundup of best practices so you can prepare today.

HUB: Cross-train your staff to improve retention and offset rising labor costs

We discovered that members and industry experts who have made use of position compression and cross-training in both lodging and dining saw improved employee retention, improved morale and overall better performance. Let rising labor costs be your opportunity to overcome and get ahead. Click here to learn more.

Give your employees a little something extra – for free

Passport Rewards are a free way to offer a little something special for your employees this holiday season. The benefit is included with your membership to the association. The Passport Rewards program offers merchant and travel discounts locally and nationwide. Click here to learn more and register.

Washington employees subject to federal overtime threshold

While the eight-year phase-in to increase the overtime salary threshold does not kick in until July 1, small and large businesses will be subject to the federal overtime threshold currently set at $684 per week or $35,568 per year on Jan. 1. The previous Washington state overtime threshold was $23,660 per year. Click here for more information.

Comment to LCB: Proposed removal of 42-inch barriers

The Liquor and Cannabis Board introduced a proposal to remove 42-inch barriers in favor of more flexible options. Comments are due to the LCB by Jan. 8. Click here for the details.

Jan. 1 minimum wage increases

Your final reminder of the year – the statewide minimum wage will increase to $13.50 at the stroke of midnight New Year’s Day. For complete resources, click here.

MAST Permits will not be mailed during holidays

The Education Foundation office will be closed Dec. 23-Jan. 2. During this time, MAST permits will not be mailed. The last day permits will be mailed until next year is Friday. Normal business hours and mailing of permits will resume on Jan. 2.

Isolated workers’ safety toolkit available now

With the new year comes the implementation of new statewide laws. Hotels and motels with 60+ rooms need to comply with safety efforts to prevent sexual harassment. Click here for the toolkit.

Last Hill Climb push of 2019

2020 is right around the corner. Are you ready to ring in a new year, new decade with us at Hill Climb on Jan. 27? Register today to reserve your spot at the association’s largest day at the state Legislature. Register now.

Burien eyes compostable packaging requirements

The city of Burien is moving toward passing an ordinance in the new year requiring the use of compostable packaging by foodservice businesses. The Burien Business and Economic Development Partnership reviewed the draft ordinance on Dec. 13 and recommended the Burien City Council adopt it with some amendments. Learn more and read the proposed ordinance here.


Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes

All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Everett: Feb. 10 at US Foods (Previously known as Food Services of America)

Registration Deadline: Jan. 27

Kent: Jan. 13 at Harbor Foodservice (Previously known as Food Services of America)

Registration Deadline: Dec. 27

Seattle (SODO): Jan. 7 at Bargreen Ellingson

Registration Deadline: Dec. 23

Spokane: Jan. 23 at US Foods

Registration Deadline: Jan. 9

Tacoma: Jan. 16 at Bargreen Ellingson

Registration Deadline: Jan. 2

Register your employees

Additional Training Available

MAST Permit
Food Allergies
Hotel & Lodging Certifications
Restaurant Certifications
First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens
Sexual Harassment Prevention


Complying with the new overtime rules (Restaurant Business)

How one hotel chain plans to be carbon-neutral by 2050 (Forbes)

Plant-based options, elevated kids’ fare and alcohol-free beverages are on the menu for 2020 (SmartBrief)

Chef Emma Bengtsson reflects Swedish heritage with new menu at Aquavit in NY (Restaurant Hospitality)

Top 10 best new luxury hotels opened in the last decade (Business Insider)

Taco bell beefs up its value menu (Restaurant business)

Current trends in hospitality with 2020 on the horizon (STR)

Seattle’s wage mandate kills restaurants (Wall Street Journal)

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