WA Cares on hold: Lawmakers pledge to put the program on hold for 18 months

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.

Expect hospitalizations to rise in January

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.

Outbreak resources and new CDC isolation recommendations

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 jordanc@wahospitality.org to join.

CEO Podcast: COVID Update

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

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.

This episode is sponsored by U.S. Bank. Click here if you would like to learn more about our credit card processing program.