Washington’s new long-term care program, WA Cares, was set to begin employee premium collection on Jan. 1. However, legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Inslee pledged to put the law on hold until July of 2023 while they work to make changes to the program. Should you be collecting premiums from your employees right now? The answer is not so clear cut.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced that the state will be increasing the availability of tests and masks for public usage in the face of the omicron variant. He is not considering additional restrictions on businesses at this time, but Washingtonians are encouraged to use KN95 masks instead of cloth masks.
The CDC recently updated its isolation and quarantine recommendations for confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases. Also learn what steps you should take if you have an outbreak at your workplace.
Government Affairs Committee
The Government Affairs Committee will resume weekly conference calls beginning Jan. 12 at 2 p.m., and each Wednesday at 2 p.m. throughout the 60-day session.
Email Jordan Caron at firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton will give an update about COVID, the impact of the omicron variant and what it means for the industry at 10 a.m. Feb. 2. Bring your questions. Brought to you by IBA.
In case you missed it
- Quick Bites: Upcoming changes to the state food code
- National Restaurant Association: New operator survey
- Masks, vaccines & welcome back signs
- New laws for plastics in Washington state
- [Replay] CEO Podcast: 2022 legislative session preview
- Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast: The Motive
NEW! Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast
Be sure to catch the prequel of this podcast: The Truth about Employee Engagement. Anthony Anton discusses this book with Chris Jenson of The Table Group. Click here to listen or find it wherever you get your podcasts. You can also watch the YouTube video.
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