Weekly Update: WA Cares update, Action Alert and new HERO online

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WA Cares could be delayed by 18 months

WA Cares – the state’s long-term care act that includes a payroll tax – is facing an uncertain future, and it looks all but certain that it will be delayed. A bill to delay the program for 18 months – HB 1732 – has already passed the House and is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate on Jan. 25. You can read more about WA Cares and other new law changes here.

Action Alert

The Legislature has convened, and your Government Affairs team is working hard to protect our industry. but they need your help! A bill that would target food businesses and ban the use of latex gloves will be heard in committee at 8 a.m. on Friday. Please click here and sign in “Con” to oppose HB 1698.

It’s here! The 2022 HERO

Our annual update to the HERO: The Handbook for Excellent Restaurant Operations is now on our members-only website.

Sponsored by Harbor Foodservice.

[Ask a Lawyer] What do I do when my employees have COVID?

Employment lawyer Catharine Morisset will answer your questions about what to do when one (or more) of your employees has COVID.

Sponsored by My Hospitality Insurance.

Join us at 10 a.m. Jan. 26. Bring your questions. Register here.

Get your rebate on with group purchasing

Do you regularly buy Ecolab, Beyond Meat or 3M products? You can get rebates from these manufacturers and over 350 more with our group purchasing solutions. Sign up here.

More Seattle coronavirus testing sites coming online

A new testing kiosk opened this week at Seattle Pacific University. In addition, current testing operations at the Paramount Theater, Washington State Convention Center and Garfield Playfield tennis court will expand capacity and add a new type of rapid PCR test that will deliver faster results. Read more.

Flooding and mudslide SBA Business Recovery Center now open

The SBA and the Washington Small Business Development Center have opened a Business Recovery Center in Everson to provide a wide range of services to Whatcom, Skagit and Clallam businesses impacted by the Nov. 2021 flooding and mudslides. Read more here.

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. Register here.