Weekly Update: TV closed captioning requirements go into effect Oct. 23

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TV closed captioning requirements go into effect Oct. 23

In 2021, the Washington State Legislature approved SB 5027, which requires places of public accommodation to provide closed captioning on televisions in public areas.

The law went into effect on July 25 and businesses had 90 days to comply—by Oct. 23. Click here to read more about this new law.

Join us for a conversation with lawmakers

Please join Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton and the state government affairs team for upcoming State of the Industry webinars with lawmakers. These webinars will provide opportunities to share the challenges facing the hospitality industry and potential solutions directly with lawmakers. Association members will have opportunities to ask questions.

Register for 9-10 a.m., Oct. 28 here.

Register for 9-10 a.m. Nov. 2 here.

Tip pooling FAQs and answers from Catharine Morisset

Q: We have an owner or manager who waits tables a couple of shifts per week. Can they participate in our tip pool?

A: No. An owner or manager cannot participate in a tip pool. Further, having a manager wait tables suggests that the manager may be misclassified as an overtime exempt manager.

Members can learn more about this issue and other tip pooling best practices here.

Help 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 business and the entire Bellingham community.

Seattle minimum wage will be $17.27 in 2022

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards announced Monday that the minimum wage for workers in the city of Seattle will rise to $17.27/hour on Jan. 1, 2022, representing a 58-cent increase. For small employers with 500 or fewer employees that pay medical benefits or where tips exceed $1.52/hour, the new minimum wage will be $15.75/hour up from $15/hour. Washington state’s minimum wage will be $14.49/hour in 2022. To learn more, you can visit our guide to 2022 law changes.

The premiere of the Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast

Our inaugural episode of the Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast dropped yesterday and is available where you download your podcasts and on our YouTube channel. Anthony Anton and special guest Chris Jenson of Table Group discussed the book, “The Ideal Team Player: How to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues,” by Patrick Lencioni.

They are joined by Taran Patel, vice president of A1 Hospitality Management in the Tri-Cities and officer of Asian American Hotel Owners Association, plus Lane Hoss, vice president of operations at Anthony’s Restaurants. Brought to you by U.S. Bank.

Listen to the podcast where you usually get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify and iHeart Podcast Network.

5-minute survey: Front desk feedback

The AHLA is conducting a new Front Desk Feedback survey of members on the status of their business, their current staffing situation and their outlook for the months ahead. The survey will take you less than five minutes to complete, and your responses will provide valuable feedback to help ensure your needs are served. Take the survey.

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

Financial consultant Rick Braa will cover what you need to know to finish out 2021. Bring your questions at 10 a.m. Oct. 27. Brought to you by U.S. Bank. Register here.

[Virtual Training] Build a sustainable safety culture

This session will feature case studies illustrating how safety pros, ops managers, executive leaders and front-line workers can work together to turn a vision of proactive safety into daily practice. Participants will take away an overview of how to build sustainable safety cultures within their companies and ways to start changing mindsets and behaviors. The webinar is at 10 a.m. on Oct. 26. Register here.

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.
Register for part two here. Did you miss part one? Watch the replay here.

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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