Weekly Update: WLA challenges ballot title of union-backed Seattle hotel initiative

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The WLA filed a ballot title challenge to Initiative 124. We updated members about I-124 in last week’s Weekly (read it here.) We believe the ballot title fails to accurately reflect the substance of the proposed measure and will mislead voters. The ballot title’s statement of subject indicates that the measure addresses only health and safety of hotel employees in Seattle. However, in primarily addressing employment terms and benefits, it imposes new labor conditions on employers and contains controversial provisions that would allow labor unions to waive many of the new minimum employment standards as part of the collective bargaining processes. These proposed new measures far exceed existing state and federal requirements and shouldn’t be swept under an inaccurate ballot title. We will keep you up-to-date as this process moves forward. If you have questions, contact John Lane at johnl@warestaurant.org. Read more…

Seattle employers urged to contact city council members over proposed employee “head tax”

The Seattle City Council is considering a “head tax” on employers to pay for a $3 million increase in funding for the Office of Labor Standards. Seattle businesses are being asked to join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in speaking out against this unnecessary new business tax. If you represent a Seattle business, help encourage the Council to support the Mayor’s proposal and expand the share of outreach funding for employers. Email your Seattle City Council members now using this convenient advocacy tool. Read more…

Hospitality industry embraces virtual reality

At this year’s Boyd’s Coffee® ProStart Invitational in February, the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) brought along a 360-degree camera to capture the action. You can see the WRA’s ProStart video here. All sectors of industry are discovering the power of virtual reality (VR) to sell products and promote businesses. Read more…

Save the date: State of the Industry Forum, June 8

We’re putting together a timely and highly informative program for this year’s forum. Topics will include an update on the challenges facing our industry and a look at this year’s election environment, restrictive scheduling and tip pooling. The State of the Industry Forum will bring you up to date on key developments in Washington’s hospitality industry and help you better understand and meet challenges facing your business. You’ll also enjoy plenty of networking, door prizes, good fun and a great breakfast from our partners at FareStart. This great event on June 8, 7:30 a.m.-noon at the Goodwill Job Training & Education Center
700 Dearborn Place South, Seattle. Register now.

Your 1095s are due to the IRS soon

If you employed an average of 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time-equivalent employees) in 2015, or if you offered a self-funded health insurance plan last year, deadlines are quickly approaching for you to file new forms with the IRS under the health care law: Forms 1095-B (Health Coverage) and Forms 1095–C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage). Recognizing the complexity of these massive new reporting requirements, the IRS late last year extended the filing deadlines to May 31 for covered businesses that file paper returns, and June 30 for employers who file electronically. Groups that file 250 or more returns are required to file electronically. Read more…

Seattle Chapter Monthly Meeting, May 4

Seattle restaurateurs – please join us on Wednesday, May 4, 10-11:30 a.m., for our monthly membership update. At this meeting, a range of topics relevant to the local restaurant industry will be discussed. For location details, contact Katie Sokolik at katies@warestaurant.org.

Welcome to Local Government Communications Manager Jillian Henze

Starting this week, Jillian Henze will be handling local government communications for the WRA and WLA. Jillian comes to us from Olympia’s Hands On Children’s Museum, where she was communication manager for two years. Prior to her tenure at the museum, she managed the public relations department at a boutique advertising agency. Jillian grew up in Bellevue and holds a Bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Oregon’s Linfield College. We’re thrilled to have Jillian on our team! You can contact Jillian at jillianh@warestaurant.org.

Slip Safe Tile and Admiral Benbow on DineNW

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, online. Co-hosts Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz chat with Slip Safe Tile’s Ron Leonard and Ian Hill, owner of Seattle’s Admiral Benbow.