Weekly Update: Third Special Legislative Session Begins

Weekly Update: Third Special Legislative Session Begins

Third Special Legislative Session Begins

Gov. Jay Inslee has called lawmakers back for a third special session to work to fund the McCleary decision, a court-mandated K-12 education funding within the state budget. The Legislature must finish this work by June 30 to avoid a partial state government shutdown. Your hospitality association continues to advocate on many issues including tourism, paid family leave, taxes and more. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.


Seattle Restaurants and Hotels Endorse Jenny Durkan, Sara Nelson and Scott Lindsay

The Seattle restaurant and hotel community has endorsed Jenny Durkan for mayor, Sara Nelson for city council position 8 and Scott Lindsay for city attorney in the coming election. The selected candidates best understand the issues the hospitality community faces, said Shannon Sheron, co-chair of Seattle Hospitality for Progress, general manager, Motif Seattle, and the president of the Seattle Hotel Association. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.


Reminder: Tacoma Bag Ban Will Go into Effect July 12 

Tacoma’s city plastic bag ban will go into effect July 12, and restaurateurs can rest easily knowing they are exempt from the ban. The ban, passed by city council in 2016, restricts plastic bag usage to reduce danger to marine wildlife as well as to curb litter in urban areas according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Your Washington Hospitality Association Government Affairs team successfully lobbied to exclude bags provided for takeout food and liquids to safeguard public safety regarding ready-to-eat foods. Produce bags used for meat and bulk items, dry-cleaning bags and pet-waste bags are also exempted. The ordinance does affect all retailers in Tacoma city limits, including grocery stores, department stores and pharmacies. For more information, contact Morgan Huether.


Restaurants Projected to Add 490,000 Seasonal Jobs This Summer

Restaurants are expected to add 490,000 jobs this summer season, according to the National Restaurant Association’s 19th Annual Eating and Drinking Place Summer Employment Forecast. Summer is the busiest season for restaurants in many parts of the country, and the stronger business leads to additional employment opportunities at all levels of a restaurant operation. Roughly one in six eating and drinking place establishments operate on a seasonal basis, and many of these are only open for business during the summer season. These seasonal businesses do all of their hiring for the summer months, and therefore are responsible for the bulk of the summer jobs. Read more…



Food Law Seminar, July 27-28

An exceptional group of speakers will put you in the driver’s seat for navigating the legal and regulatory framework to which all food and beverage businesses operating in the United States must adhere. From federal, state and local permitting to building brands and protecting products in compliance with FDA standards, you’ll get in-depth, timely information. This program, July 27-28 at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center, qualifies for 10.50 Washington CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits. Register here or 206.567.4490. Can’t physically attend? The seminar’s webcast option is the next best thing to being there. And, it qualifies for live credits in most states.



Video: Personnel File Dos and Don’ts

Watch the newest video in our Advisory Network series. Rachel Caprio, HR Generalist at Personnel Management Systems Inc., gives you some best practices for personnel files. 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.


Acosta Foodservice and Employment Security Department on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Ross Boylan and Paul Schlienz kick off the show by interviewing Les Lent of Acosta Foodservice. Andy Cook then joins Paul to chat with Chad Pearson of the Washington State Employment Security Department.


Eye on Hospitality: Restaurants and Hotels Embrace Instagram

Like it or not, the hospitality industry cannot live without social media in this day and age. Restaurateurs and hoteliers who stubbornly and shortsightedly avoid establishing presences on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets are cheating themselves out of important opportunities to connect with potential customers and new demographics. One social network that’s of growing interest to the hospitality industry is Instagram. Instagram was created in 2010 by two San Francisco developers. As of April 2017, more than 700 million people use the platform every month. Read more…