Washington state will follow federal vaccine requirements for employers

Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Washington state will follow the employer vaccine mandate unveiled earlier this month by President Joe Biden once that policy completes judicial review.

The federal policy requires employers with 100 or more employees to adopt a vaccine mandate for employment, or require employees to submit to weekly testing.

The vaccine mandate is currently being challenged by multiple state attorneys general, though the policy is on hold after an emergency stay was issued by a federal court.

Ask a Lawyer: What new vaccine requirements mean for you

New state and federal vaccine and testing mandates are coming soon for companies with 100 or more employees. Employment lawyer Catharine Morisset will discuss what this means for you at 10 a.m. Nov. 24. Bring your questions. Register here.

Tip pooling FAQs and answers from Catharine Morisset

Q: Can an owner or manager receive a share of a service charge?

A: Yes, but be careful. The rules about service charge disclosures on menus and receipts are strict. Failing to follow them means the entire service charge collected must be paid to the employee serving the customer. Find out why this is important and learn about other tip pooling best practices here.

What you missed: November SRA member meeting

Casey Rogers and Joel Miller from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) gave a presentation on the Safe Start program. We also received an update on city budget priorities, which include housing, public safety and human services.

Click here for more details about what was discussed at this month’s SRA meeting. As a reminder, there will be no December meeting.

[CEO Podcast] The vaccine mandate: What’s up and what’s next?

Join Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton as he discusses the latest about vaccine requirements and what is coming next. Bring your questions at 10 a.m. Dec. 1. Register here.

We need your input at the Government Affairs Committee meeting

The state Legislature will be back in session in January! The Washington Hospitality Association’s Government Affairs team is putting together our agenda and we need your input. Join us at 10 a.m., Dec. 1. Register here.

Build a culture of wellness and reduce turnover

When a workplace is supportive of mental health, employees are more likely to seek support when they need it, allowing them to perform more efficiently on the job. A supportive climate is also likely to decrease employee turnover and enhance loyalty among team members. Check out this latest resource guide from Active Minds, which includes posters and templates you can use to improve the health and wellbeing of your employees.

Telemedicine is a good way to provide easy mental health access to your employees.

New episode: The Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast—part two

In part two of the conversation about “The Ideal Team Player: How to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues,” Anthony Anton and other hospitality professionals discuss finding the “hunger” in potential employees.

Brought to you by U.S. Bank. Listen to this episode as a podcast, or watch the video on YouTube.

Open enrollment closes Jan. 15, 2022

A new free service is available for hospitality employees. Licensed insurance agents will help them find the best plan for their situation. Team members can learn if they qualify for federal programs to make plans even more affordable. Multilingual assistance is available. Learn more here or call 866-563-0387.
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[Replay] Selling your hospitality business in 2022 and beyond

Did you miss this webinar? You can watch it on our YouTube channel. This two-part series is led by Oliver Kotelnikov of IBA, a 25-year hospitality veteran and lead real estate broker. Part one goes over how to increase the value of your business and preparing it for sale. Part two dives into marketing, financing and post-sale obligations.

Watch part one here and part two here.

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