Weekly Update: Tip Pooling Changes on the Horizon

Weekly Update: Tip Pooling Changes on the Horizon

Tip Pooling Changes on the Horizon – New Deadlines

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it intends to issue a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” (NPRM) in August. The NPRM would rescind controversial tip-pooling restrictions which should come as a welcome relief to employers in the hospitality industry. Additionally, the Departments of Labor and Justice have asked for another extension in the National Restaurant Association legal case challenging the tip pooling regulation. So now the DOL/DOJ have until Sept. 8, 2017. These two changes set into motion regulatory action that could aid hospitality employers across the country. However, in Washington because of I-1433, tips still will need to be distributed to employees regardless of what the new rule says about pooling practices. Read more…


Seattle Restaurant and Hotel Community Preps for August 1 Primary Election

Seattle Hospitality for Progress has endorsed Jenny Durkan for mayor, Sara Nelson for City Council position 8 and Scott Lindsay for city attorney in the coming election. Seattle Hospitality for Progress is the political arm of the Seattle Hotel Association and Seattle Restaurant Alliance, representing more than 2,500 restaurants and 60 hotels. The Seattle Restaurant Alliance and Seattle Hotel Association are helping host a fundraiser for Nelson at 4:30 p.m. on July 25 at Rumba, 1112 Pike St., in Seattle. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.


Tacoma Restaurants and Hotels Endorse Victoria Woodard for Mayor, Four Council Candidates
The Tacoma restaurant and hotel community has endorsed Victoria Woodard for mayor, Robert Thomas for City Council position 2, Kevin Grossman for City Council position 4, Brian Arnold for City Council position 5 and Meredith Neal for City Council position 6. Woodard’s mayoral campaign has drawn attention of Tacoma-based members of the association, who appreciate the business acumen she gained while working as a CEO for a non-profit as well as her previous experience on the council. Woodard, along with the other endorsed candidates, were identified as business-friendly options who will represent the hospitality industry’s interests and concerns. For more information contact Morgan Huether.



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.


Mark Your Calendars: Golf FORE! Education Tournament, September 19

ProStart’s Golf FORE! Education is right around the corner! Register quickly to secure your spot at Washington National on September 19. Register now.


Attention Hoteliers:  Early Bird Rates Still Available for this Year’s Washington Lodging Convention!

The Washington Lodging Convention has rounded out its program with an A-list of speakers and trainers who will help hoteliers navigate the disruptive forces facing the industry. From Greg Duff’s training on distribution disrupters to Glenn Haussman’s keynote on reinventing service in the new hospitality climate, it’s a program you can’t afford to miss. Learn more about the lineup and register here. Reserve your place by July 31 to save with the early bird rate!



Hotel Management Agreements: Best Practices

Watch the newest video in our Advisory Network Series! Sandip Soli from the Real Property Law Group outlines some best practices for avoiding problems and legal complications when designing and fulfilling a hotel management agreement.  Want more advice from the experts? You can check out past Advisory Network videos here.  Have a question for the Network?  Get in touch with your Area Coordinator to take advantage of this free member benefit.


Food Services of America and Restaurant Rockstars on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW show, now online. Andy Cook kicks off the show with an interview with the business solutions team at Food Services of America. Paul Schlienz then joins Andy to chat with Roger Beaudoin, creator of Restaurant Rockstars.


Eye on Hospitality: Scam Alert for Hotels – Don’t Be a Victim!

Scammers are, unfortunately, everywhere. If there’s a method of making easy, but illicit money off innocent victims, you can be sure someone somewhere is doing it. Sadly, hotels are often targets for scams like one that surfaced recently at Seattle’s Inn at the Market. Fortunately, however, there are ways to protect your hotel and your guests from this kind of abuse. Read more…



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