Weekly Update: WIN! Governor signs bill to protect hospitality employees, requires panic buttons

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WIN! Governor signs bill to protect hospitality employees, requires panic buttons

On Monday Gov. Jay Inslee signed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5258, preventing the sexual harassment and sexual assault of certain isolated workers, into law. Hospitality employees like hotel or motel housekeepers or room service attendants who work alone most of the time will need a safety device to be able to summon help if it’s needed. The Washington Hospitality Association supported this bill throughout the legislative process and is supportive of the new law. Read more about the requirements under the law here.

May is Hospitality Month – A poem

WorkSource can help you have no fear

As you offer employees a brand new career.

With free hiring solutions,

You won’t jump to conclusions.

With one click, you will have your pick,

And do what you do best to make your business tick!

Eye on Hospitality: How to find a vendor that fits your needs

Will Harmon, a marketing associate at BlueCart, an online and mobile ordering, inventory and operations platform for the hospitality industry, identifies six areas you should consider before committing to a vendor’s product or service: payment options, quality of delivery, minimum and maximum order quantities, quality assurance processes, order availability and references. Read more.

Member Spotlight: Adam Hegsted – expanding Spokane’s palate, making his community a better place

With 10 different eateries and more projects on the way, Adam Hegsted’s Eat Good Group is one of the biggest things to ever hit Spokane and Northern Idaho’s culinary scenes. Additionally, Hegsted contributes to community services in a major way. Read more.

Washington ProStart teams place 25 and 23 in national competition

Students from Mt. Spokane and Bonney Lake high schools traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to compete in the National ProStart Invitational. The culinary team from Mt. Spokane placed 25th out of 46 teams and the management team from Bonney Lake placed 23rd out of 45 teams. Watch their competitions on the education foundation Facebook page.

Spokane Chapter Golf: Less than three weeks away!

Time is running out for you to register in this year’s Spokane Chapter Golf Tournament! This year’s tournament will be June 11 at Downriver Golf Course, 3225 N. Columbia Circle, Spokane. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Register here or become a sponsor for this event here. Proceeds benefit local ProStart programs, Feed Spokane and the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy.

Spokane Hotel Motel Association monthly meeting

The May meeting of the Spokane Hotel Motel Association will be on May 21 at the Davenport Grand Hotel, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Our guest speaker is Matt Santangelo from HoopFest. The board meets at 11 a.m., followed by the standing agenda at 11:30 a.m. RSVP to Toni Hansen by the end of the day on May 16.

Save money on Hospitality Convention tickets: Take advantage of advance rate

The Hospitality Convention will take place Nov. 3-5 at the Westin Bellevue. Tickets are now on sale for this celebration of the best in the hospitality industry. This year, the team is working hard to help make attending this event more affordable than ever with deeper discounts on advance rate tickets and an adjusted event that only requires a single night stay. Visit wahospitalityconvention.com to register today!


ServSafe Manager

June 4, at Bargreen Ellingson, Seattle (SODO) – Registration Deadline: May 21

June 11, at Bargreen Ellingson, Tacoma – Registration Deadline: May 28

June 12, at US Foods, Fife – Registration Deadline: May 29

June 18, at Sysco, Kent – Registration Deadline: June 4

June 24, at Food Services of America, Everett – Registration Deadline: June 10

July 25, at Food Services of America, Spokane – Registration Deadline: July 11


Leadership Development Program

Join the Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation for a two-day series of leadership modules, The Four Imperatives of Great Leaders, to elevate the essential leadership skills of hospitality professionals and provide opportunities to learn directly from accomplished industry practitioners and network with peers.

All classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch and swag bag included.

May 28-29, Everett, sponsored by Delta Hotels

June 13-14, Fife, sponsored by US Foods

June 26-27, Olympia, Washington Hospitality Association


Additional Training Available

First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Hotel & Lodging Certifications

Food Allergy

Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)


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