Weekly Update: Tourism Bill Clears Hurdle

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Tourism Bill Clears Hurdle!

Fourth Substitute Senate Bill 5251 cleared another major legislative hurdle on Tuesday. The bill was amended, and executive action was taken in the Senate Ways & Means Committee hours ahead of the fiscal cutoff. The bill will now need to get out of the Senate Rules Committee, be placed on the floor calendar and receive a vote on the Senate floor before next Wednesday. The State Government Affairs team is closely watching this bill and working on shepherding it through the legislative process.


Call to Action: Urge your lawmakers to support statewide preemption and gender pay equity!

Over the past several years, a bill has been debated and negotiated requiring employers to pay equal wages for equal work.  This is a policy we can all agree on – now we need your help! Some advocates are arguing against one statewide standard, allowing local governments to add on to record keeping requirements, adding additional enforcement mechanisms, and adopting different standards. Please take a few seconds to let lawmakers know preemption is important – we need one state law, not a patchwork of different local laws.


Week Five in the Legislature: List of Dead Bills Grows

Tuesday marked the first fiscal cutoff of the 2018 Legislative Session. This means that bills that advanced out of their policy committees and were referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee or the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee would have had to pass out Tuesday to stay alive. Many bills did not make the cutoff. Some of the bills that are dead for the session include a bill that would have prohibited employers from seeking an applicant’s previous wage or salary information, a bill that expanded L&I’s list of mental health providers to include marriage and family therapists, and a bill we strongly supported that would have created a limited, structured training program for young adults entering the workforce in restaurants and grocery stores.


Congratulations, SHA, on Another Successful Evening of Hope in Support for the Seattle Community

The Seattle Hotel Association’s 21st Evening of Hope Gala and Auction on Feb. 3 had record-breaking success, with 375 guests raising over $940,000 to benefit Mary’s Place and its important work to help homeless women, children and families reclaim their lives. Since the first Evening of Hope, in 1996, SHA has successfully leveraged the influence and commitment of downtown Seattle hotel members to raise $9.85 million to provide essential funding to critical Seattle non-profits like Mary’s Place.  Learn more here.


Keep an Eye Out for Washington Hospitality Member Survey

Starting this month, you may receive a call from Verometrics, a market research company. Your Association is conducting the biennial survey to find out what you, our member, feel about how we are doing. The results provide the Board and the Association team key information in setting Association goals. When you receive the call, we highly encourage you to take the time to provide this important feedback. If you have any questions regarding the membership survey, contact Sheryl Jackson.


L&I Offering Paid Sick Leave Training Webinars – Register Now!

Get informed on the state’s new paid sick leave program through training webinars presented by L&I throughout February. Register now.



What You Need to Know About Filing I-9 Immigration Forms – Seminar, Feb. 23

In 2018, we expect the current administration to quadruple the number of I-9 investigations for employers. Do you feel confident that you have an I-9 form completed for all of your employees? Are the forms are completed properly? Join immigration partner Davis Bae from the law firm Fisher Phillips for a Feb. 23 webinar and a brief discussion on electronically filing I-9 forms. Register here. For more information, email Kim Lyons or call her at 503.205.8088.


Your Issues are Our Issues – Register Now for Public Affairs Conference, April 17-18

Share your day-to-day challenges with Congress and your peers at the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. Your participation helps influence laws and regulations that affect restaurant businesses of all types. Join us April 17 and 18 to show that all politics are local. Register now.


Nutrition Executive Study Group Conference – Advance Registration Deadline: Feb. 16

Registration is filling up quickly for the National Restaurant Association’s annual Nutrition Executive Study Group Conference to be held, March 6-7, in Seattle. Hurry and register in advance by Friday, Feb. 16, so you can secure your reduced rate hotel room.



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 state legislative updates on tourism; sexual harassment prevention in the workplace, updates to Equal Pay Act, baby changing stations in restaurants, service animals, food safety, the rulemaking process on Seattle’s Initiative 124 and homeless spending.


Charlie’s Produce and US Foods on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Co-hosts Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz interview Shawn Garner, from the Rogge division of Charlie’s Produce. Andy and Paul than chat with Chef Charles Ramseyer, Food Fanatic chef with US Foods.


Eye on Hospitality: Doing Service Charge (Correctly)

Restaurateurs have been responding to changes, including higher minimum wages and uncertainty about tip pooling, in a variety of ways. One response is to get rid of tips all together and move over to service charges. It is important, however, if you’re going to utilize service charges, in your restaurant, that you are aware of all federal and state requirements before embarking on this course. Read more…



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