The skies are smoky: Here’s what you need to know

Wildfires have filled the skies with smoke, making conditions unhealthy for outdoor workers. With more restaurants offering outdoor seating, how can you know when the air is too unhealthy for workers and your guests? Our toolkit includes the latest emergency rules for wildfire smoke from Labor & Industries, as well as links to websites so you can monitor conditions.

National Food Safety Month week 3 – Multi-unit managers

Take a closer look at the role restaurant and foodservice managers have in promoting a safe environment for their customers through self-inspection and risk mitigation. By learning what to look for in health inspections, managers can run regular assessments and make preparation a part of their staff’s regular routine.

Seattle Mariners Industry Appreciation Night

Join your Washington hospitality community for the Mariners playoff push as they take on the Texas Rangers on Sept. 27 for Industry Appreciation Night. Hospitality employees can snag $20 Main Level seats and $10 View Level seats.

Upcoming L&I webinars

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has a series of webinars coming this fall that will give workers and employers the opportunity to learn more about the state’s employment laws at these events:

Employer Guide to Workers’ Rights
• Sept. 14 at 10 a.m.
• Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

Equal Pay and Opportunities Act
• Sept. 15 at 9 a.m.
• Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.

Isolated Worker Protections
• Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m.
• Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Know Your Worker Rights
• Sept. 22 at 10 a.m.
• Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m.

National News

Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

The ongoing wildfires across Washington are another reminder that natural disasters can strike anywhere at any time. Having a good plan in place allows you to focus on the top priority: keeping people safe. Check out the new Always Ready toolkit from the National Restaurant Association for actionable steps you can take to prepare, respond and recover from a natural disaster.

Take action: Help us lower credit card swipe fees

The bipartisan “Credit Card Competition Act of 2022” will bring competition to the credit card network routing market. It would require credit cards to operate on more than one network option to route financial data, which is already required with debit card transactions.

Please urge Congress to support the “Credit Card Competition Act of 2022.”

Hospitality labor shortage survey

AHLA is conducting a new Front Desk Feedback survey of members on the status of their business, their current staffing situation and their outlook for the months ahead. The anonymous survey will take less than five minutes to complete and no individual information will be shared.

Local News

Upcoming vote on Third Avenue revitalization

Councilmember Andrew Lewis introduced a resolution that endorses the goals of the Downtown Seattle Association’s Third Avenue Vision. The plan proposes four potential options that optimize bus service on Third Avenue. The options also improve retail, parks and public spaces by expanding sidewalk space for pedestrians and allowing businesses to offer sidewalk cafes, window shopping and pleasant dining experiences.

This legislation is anticipated to go to the Public Assets and Homelessness Committee for a vote at 2 p.m. on Sept. 21. If you are interested in providing public comment or want more information, please contact Austin Miller at

SHA golf tournament is back!

Sign up today for the 25th Annual Seattle Hotel Association Golf Tournament on Sept. 29 at the Golf Club at Redmond Ridge. The tournament includes a round of golf with power carts, meals, beverage tickets and prizes!

Join us for a conversation with Mayor Harrell

RSVP today for our next SHA meeting on Oct. 13 at the Motif Hotel. We are excited to welcome Mayor Bruce Harrell for remarks as well as other guest speakers. The meeting will start at 4 p.m. followed by a reception at 5 p.m.

Hospitality Solutions

Get a headstart on healthcare season

The association has negotiated a myriad of healthcare options to obtain the best value for the best rate. Some of the more popular items include:

Save at least 35% on payroll technology

Imagine how much time in your day you would save by automating payroll tasks such as automatically garnishing wages or receiving notifications when issues or errors are detected.

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