Tip pooling FAQs and answers from Catharine Morisset

Q: Can owners or managers ever accept tips?
A: There is a very narrow, limited exception when an owner or manager directly provides service to a particular guest. Washington Hospitality Association members can learn more about this exception and other tip pooling best practices here.

Last chance! Join us for a conversation with lawmakers

Did you miss out on the State of the Industry webinar on Oct. 28? Not to worry — you’ll have another opportunity at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 to join the discussion with Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton, the state government affairs team and local lawmakers.

This webinar will provide an opportunity to share the challenges facing the hospitality industry and potential solutions directly with lawmakers. Association members will have opportunities to ask questions through the Zoom chat tool. Register here.

Spread the word: Vote NO on Initiative 4

Initiative 4 would impose burdensome scheduling requirements on all local small businesses and nonprofits and mandate unpredictable hazard pay for all workers, even when there is no risk to the worker.

Click here for more details about the harmful impacts Initiative 4 would have on local small businesses and the entire Bellingham community.

SRA member meeting: Streateries, election updates and more

The next Seattle Restaurant Alliance member virtual meeting will at 10 a.m. Nov. 3. We will have an election debrief and analysis based on the early results.

We will also have representatives from the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Safe Start program, which began at the beginning of the pandemic to provide retailers, restaurants and vendors with free permits to expand business operations in the right of way. SDOT is sourcing feedback from restaurants on the program and would love to hear directly from members. Click here to register for the meeting.

SHA meeting coming Wednesday

The next general membership meeting of the Seattle Hotel Association will be from 3-4 p.m., Nov. 3. This is a virtual meeting. Unfortunately, we are not able to hold this meeting in-person quite yet. We hope you will still be able to join us to hear updates on city election results, upcoming legislative session issues (including the eviction moratorium) and other items we see coming down the pike.

As always, this is your time to connect with other hoteliers, ask questions and gain clarity on what your board and team are working on. Click here to register.

Onion recall

Onions processed by Keeler Family Farms have been recalled due to possible contamination related to a salmonella outbreak. The onions were distributed in 25-pound and 50-pound mesh sacks and contain a label that is marked as MVP (product of MX) but were processed at Keeler Family Farms. The last shipment of the red, yellow and white onions affected was on Aug. 25, 2021.

Washington state authorities are not being asked by the FDA to participate in any formal recall verification efforts, but if more information becomes available it will be posted on their food recall page.

[CEO Podcast] The workforce: Did workers come back?

The extra $300 a week in pandemic assistance ran out on Sept. 4. Did workers come back to the industry? Tune in to the next CEO Podcast, when Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton will discuss the latest in the workforce shortage at 10 a.m. Nov. 3. Register here.

Brought to you by Office Depot.

2022 law changes: Employee contributions for WA Cares

On Jan. 1, employers will begin collecting premiums for the state’s long-term care program, WA Cares. Employers will report premiums from employees in the same manner they currently do for paid family and medical leave, but do not contribute to the WA Cares fund. The first reporting period will end on March 31 and reports will be due on April 30.

You can find more info and helpful links on our 2022 law changes page here. New additions arrive weekly as we feature another upcoming law change in our newsletter.

Washington closures and restrictions timeline

Members applying for Employee Retention Tax Credits (ERTC) told us that they need specific dates on closures and restrictions placed on Washington businesses. We heard you and created this timeline, which we have recently updated to include more localized information for specific counties. You can find it on our coronavirus resource hub and use it for ERTC applications and more.

Have you been too busy to find out if you’re eligible for up to $33,000 per employee in federal funds? If so, you can save time and check out our ERTC Support Center, which we’re bringing members through a partnership with Adesso Capital.

The Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast–listen now!

Listen as Anthony Anton and Chris Jenson of the Table Group discuss the book, “The Ideal Team Player: How to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues.”

The two are joined by:

  • Taran Patel, vice president of A1 Hospitality Management in the Tri-Cities and officer of Asian American Hotel Owners Association
  • Lane Hoss, vice president of operations at Anthony’s Restaurants

Brought to you by U.S. Bank. Download wherever you get your podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify Podcasts or iHeart Podcast Network), or watch the video on YouTube.

Last chance! Businesses have until Oct. 31 to order free PPE

The Washington State Department of Health is providing free personal protective equipment (PPE) for organizations in need of additional supplies. The department will meet requests made through Oct. 31.

PPE allocation decisions are made based on area needs as determined by local emergency management agencies. Businesses in some areas of the state may not qualify if there’s a greater need for PPE with organizations higher on the priority list. Learn more about how to request PPE here, and send an email to ppe@doh.wa.gov if you have any questions.

[Replay] The Hospitality Profit: Finish 2021 strong with Rick Braa

Financial consultant Rick Braa discussed what you need to know to finish out 2021. Brought to you by U.S. Bank.

The best methods for selling your business

Allied member and Washington Hospitality Association sponsor Oliver Kotelnikov of IBA will share his expertise about how to sell your business in 2022 and beyond. On Nov. 10, we’ll cover every step you need to close the sale, from marketing to transitioning ownership.

Treat yourself to free statement credit

From now until Dec. 31, members can earn statement credit when signing up for a talech software plan. New customers can get up to $1,200 in statement credit and existing customers can get up to $400. talech has mobile, online, contactless and pay-at-the-table options as well as many other features. Email ccprocessing@wahospitality.org to get started.

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