Tip Pooling – Supervisors, Managers, Owners are Not to Benefit

Reminder: A congressional bill passed March 23 includes a provision that ensures workers will receive all of their tips. Supervisors, managers and owners are not allowed to benefit from a tip pool. The bill also repealed the tip pool rule that barred certain employers from setting up tip-pooling arrangements under which tipped employees can share tips with their non-tipped colleagues, like cooks and dishwashers. Tip pools can now benefit heart-of-the-house staff members. Learn more about tip pooling on this week’s DineNW radio show where attorney Bob Donovan gives a detailed run down on the new tip pooling rules and how they affect your business. Listen here…


Speak Out Against Seattle Jobs Tax!

The Seattle City Council is quickly moving forward with plans to establish a tax on jobs to raise another $75 million to spend on its response to homelessness. Here are several ways to let council members know that taxing jobs is simply a bad idea:

  • Attend the public hearing on April 23, 5:30 p.m., at Seattle City Hall. We need both speakers and attendees to show council members that it is safe to oppose this proposal. RSVP here.
  • Attend the Town Hall Meeting on May 2, 6 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ballard. RSVP here.
  • Use this letter-writing tool to tell the mayor and council members why the jobs tax is such a bad idea

Please email teddim@wahospitality.org if have any questions or would like to get further involved.


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ProStart Winners Need Your Help to Get to National Competition

You are invited to the Newport Competition Team Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, April 21, 6:20 p.m., at Newport High School, 4333 Factoria Blvd. SE, Bellevue. Newport High School won top honors in this year’s statewide cooking competition. Now the team needs help getting to Providence, R.I., for the national competition. Donate here. If you can’t attend the dinner, you can still donate to move the team forward towards Rhode Island. Reservations are closing Friday, April 20, at 11:59 p.m. Reserve here.


Spokane on Track to Get Major Events Facility – Big Boon for Hospitality Industry

A new, 180,000 square-foot sports tournament and events facility is planned for construction in downtown after the Spokane County Commissioners voted to approve the sale of bonds April 17. Once completed, the estimated $41- to $42-million Spokane Regional Sportsplex is expected to bring in 26,000 to 46,000 new hotel stays and between $19 million and $33 million in direct tourism spending a year, according to an independent feasibility study. Construction could begin as early as 2019. For more information, visit the SportsPlex website.


Sound Transit Seeks Public Input on Light Rail Expansion to Tacoma, April 24

Sound Transit is asking for feedback from the public regarding its Tacoma Dome light rail extension project. You can learn more and provide comments at a meeting from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave. E. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can provide feedback online on the Sound Transit Tacoma Dome Link Extension page.

Nominate Your Lodging Star Today

The American Hotel & Lodging Association is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Stars of the Industry. Winners will be notified in October and recognized at the annual awards ceremony, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. The AHLA Stars of the Industry awards program was created almost 50 years ago to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the lodging industry. Learn more here.



Two Minute Video: What You Need to Know

Don’t miss this great video recap of the news you need to know. This week’s topics include a tip pooling update, Seattle City Council proposals to increase cost of using Lyft or Uber and short-term rentals in Chelan County.