Weekly Update: Tacoma-Pierce County Hospitality Summit, June 12 – Last Chance to Register!

Weekly Update: Tacoma-Pierce County Hospitality Summit, June 12 –  Last Chance to Register!

Join us on June 12, 12:30-5 p.m., at the Hotel Murano, for our first ever Tacoma-Pierce County Hospitality Summit. Here you can learn from industry experts, talk shop with the Health Department, explore ideas on how to reinvent your business model, get an industry update from the Hospitality Association’s own CEO, Anthony Anton, and last, but not least, you will have the opportunity to network with your peers over cocktails and appetizers. For more information, visit http://www.hospitalitysummit.org/tacoma. And don’t miss out on the Washington Hospitality Mobile App. It is your guide to the Hospitality Summit.

DOL Withdraws Joint Employer Guidance

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the withdrawal of the 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors. The National Restaurant Association released the following statement: “This is a positive step in the right direction. However, we will continue to work with the Department of Labor as well as Congress on the previous administration’s controversial joint employer standard.”

Seattle Sweetened Beverage Tax Passes

The Seattle City Council passed a sweetened beverage tax on June 5 with 7-1 vote. The 1.75-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is expected to raise nearly $23 million in its first year for health initiatives. The tax will be levied on all distributors who sell certain drinks within city limits beginning Jan. 1, 2018. We’ll have an in-depth summary of the new tax and resources in the coming weeks to help members prepare. Questions? Contact Jillian Henze.

Seattle I-124 Decision Coming June 9

King County Superior Court will deliver its ruling on whether hotel worker Initiative 124 is legal at 3 p.m., tomorrow (to be accompanied by a written decision as well). Our Seattle Government Affairs Team will attend and provide an update. Questions? Contact Jillian Henze.

Free Seminar: Legislative & Compliance Update for the Hospitality Industry, June 21

Sponsored by Conover Insurance and Hospitality Industry Health Insurance Trust, this lunch and learn provides an in-depth view of topics relating to human resources in the hospitality and industry. Anna Boone of the Washington Hospitality Association update us on Seattle Initiative 124. Char Everhart of Perkins Coie Labor Group will discuss the structuring of compliant pay strategies in an hourly environment. And Diane Cushing of Ekman Cushing Maxwell P.S. will review upcoming changes to city and state ordinances related to benefits. She will also review what you need to do now to be prepared for targeted audits. This great event takes place Wednesday, June 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Palace Kitchen, 2030 5th Avenue, Seattle. Lunch is provided. R.S.V.P. by June 16 to Patricia Sims at 425.777.4654 or  patricias@conoverinsurance.com.


Advisory Network Video: Navigating Local Ordinances

Watch the newest video in our Advisory Network series. Amy Reiersgaard, HR manager at Personnel Management Systems Inc., explains how to stay in compliance with different local ordinances. If you want to watch all of the videos from the Advisory Network, you can find them here. Consultations with the Washington Hospitality Association Advisory Network are a free member benefit. If you have a question, contact your area coordinator and we’ll put you in touch with one of the Network’s industry experts.

Hospitality Summit and Third-Party Delivery on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s Dine NW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and David Faro discuss the Washington Hospitality Association’s Hospitality Summit, in Tacoma, on June 12, during the first segment. We then feature highlights from an in-depth panel discussion on third-party delivery services, at the recent Hospitality Summit in Seattle. Participants include Dave Rutenberg, of UberEats; Ken Naito, owner of three Original Pancake Houses; Rick Braa, principal at AMP Services; Moe Khan, owner of Seattle’s Cedars; and Meg Trainer, owner of Seattle’s Bounty Kitchen.

Eye on Hospitality: Is Lunch Going the Way of the Dinosaur?

It’s hard to believe it, but there is increasing evidence that eating out for lunch may be on the way out. There were 433 million fewer lunchtime trips in 2016. This resulted in approximately $3.2 billion in lost business, according to market-research from the NPD Group Inc. This was the lunch traffic’s lowest level in at least four decades. Read more…