Weekly Update: Washington Hospitality Wishes You a Happy Holiday Season!

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Washington Hospitality Wishes You a Happy Holiday Season!

Happy holidays from the Washington Hospitality Association! We hope you will be enjoying them with the people you hold dear in your hearts. And while the year ends and a new one begins, we can reflect on all our accomplishments and look forward to opportunities for achieving more. Click here to see our video holiday card and review of 2017. Thank you for your continued support of the Washington Hospitality Association. We are proud to represent and advocate on behalf of this industry, and look forward to your ongoing involvement in 2014. And remember, Washington Hospitality’s Olympia office will be closed, Dec. 22-25, in celebration of the holiday season.


NOW AVAILABLE! Initiative 1433-Paid Sick Leave Toolkit

The Washington Hospitality Association has put together a toolkit with a host of useful information for you regarding the paid sick leave law that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. In the toolkit you will find some helpful answers to frequently asked questions, free webinars, sample policies from the state Department of Labor & Industries, and more! Click here to check out the toolkit or find it under the Resources tab on our website!


National Labor Relations Board Reinstates Previous “Joint Employer” Standard

On Dec. 14, the National Labor Relations Board overruled the Browning-Ferris Industries decision to reinstate the prior “joint-employer” standard of liability. This decision goes back to a narrower test, which requires that the business having “direct and immediate” control over terms and conditions of employment. This means that now, two or more entities will be considered joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) if there is proof that one entity has exercised direct and immediate control over essential employment. To read more about this decision and how it impacts hoteliers, click here.


Federal Tip Pooling Comment Period Extended Until Feb. 5, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor has extended the public comment period on the national proposed rulemaking of the tip pooling rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act until Feb. 5, 2018. If you would like to submit a comment, click here.


FYI: IRS may issue Affordable Care Act Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions

In November, the IRS announced it would be pursuing the next steps in Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions (ESRP), which are penalties that can be issued to some employers for failing to provide affordable health care coverage compliant with the Affordable Care Act. The employer shared responsibility provisions are sometimes referred to as “the employer mandate” or “the pay or play provisions.”

  • Employers that qualify as “applicable large employers” who do not offer minimum essential health care coverage to 95 percent of their full-time employees and their dependents, and if at least one full-time employee receives the premium tax credit for purchasing coverage through the Marketplace may be charged the fine. Generally, employers are considered “applicable large employers” if they have an average of 50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalent employees, during the preceding calendar year.
  • Small employers with fewer than 50 full-time employees may be eligible for credits and other benefits.

The IRS released a sample letter, which you can read here, as an example of notices going out to non-compliant businesses. If you receive a letter and believe it is a mistake, you can challenge the report by filing an appeal to the IRS within 30 days of the date of the penalty notice. You may read an in-depth guide for employers and common questions and answers for more information. Affordable Care Act legal guidance, webinars and other resources can be found here. We want to make sure our members are aware of the possibility of these notices.


Reminder: Changes in Seattle for 2018

Sweetened beverage tax: Seattle’s sweetened beverage tax goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Please view our toolkit for the information you need to know and for additional resources.

Paid sick and safe time requirements: Washington state’s paid sick leave law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, and Seattle recently updated its 2012 paid sick and safe time law to incorporate the more generous aspects of the state law. Seattle’s ordinance continues to apply to both hourly and overtime-exempt employees, and in keeping with state law it applies to employers of all sizes. Click here for information on Seattle PSST updates.

Both the city of Seattle and Washington State Department of Labor & Industries will be providing training on paid sick leave in early 2018:

Seattle’s minimum wage increase: Seattle’s minimum wage goes up again on Jan. 1, and for large employers who do not pay toward medical benefits the rate will be adjusted for inflation to reach $15.45. Click here for 2018 minimum wage information.


Scholarships Immediately Available to “Upskill” Workers and Create Career Pathways 

The Washington Hospitality Association is currently offering scholarships aimed at connecting workers with skills improvement classes for hospitality employees. Through a new Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) pilot program, these opportunities are available to all hospitality employees in the state.  Employers or workers wishing to take advantage of the funding can view conditions for participation and registration through the Hospitality Association’s Scholarship webpage. What kind of training do employees need to retain hospitality jobs? The Hospitality Association has created a raft of training options that employers from across the state have indicated are critical skills and certifications for hospitality employees.  This program aims to connect skills improvement training with the people who want to advance. Read more…


Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation Honored by International Society of Hotel Association Executives

The International Society of Hotel Association Executives has honored the Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation with an award for its hiring events. In 2017, the Washington Hospitality Association launched a series of hiring events with a unique set of goals. As an Association representing a phenomenal industry, we are extremely proud that hospitality businesses offer careers and ladders to success, and we celebrate that first-time job seekers can find a promising future within our industry. Our Association has been committed to educating the public about career opportunities within our industry, and our Education Foundation has gone even further to try to bring these opportunities to members of our communities who face considerable barriers to successful employment. Congratulations to the Education Foundation!



Hill Climb 2018 Registration Now Open

Please join your hospitality industry colleagues for the association’s annual Hill Climb and Taste Our Best Reception on Jan. 29, 2018 in Olympia. The annual event ensures that the voices of our industry are heard in our state’s capitol! Your government affairs team does all the work, from setting appointments with legislators to providing simple talking points to use during your meetings. It’s the perfect way to ensure your legislator knows exactly what you need to be successful. In the evening, the Taste Our Best legislative reception brings together restaurateurs, hoteliers and legislators for a night of the industry’s best food and finest beers and wines. This relaxed environment gives you a chance to socialize with your industry peers and visit with the state’s elected leaders. We look forward to seeing you on Jan. 29!



Holiday Cheer, JuneBaby and Salare on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Ross Boylan, Andy Cook, Morgan Huether, Paul Schlienz and Nicole Vukonich kick off the show with a celebration of all things holiday season. David Faro then joins with Paul to interview Edouardo Jordan, chef/owner of Seattle’s JuneBaby and Salare.


Eye on Hospitality: Happy Holidays for Hotels and Hotels and Restaurants

Hoteliers and restaurateurs have every reason to look forward to a happy holiday season. Overall productivity only drops about 5 percent during the holiday season, in general, according to a new survey, and industries like hospitality and media are even 25 percent busier over the holidays. Read more…



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