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It’s easy to let employee training fall by the wayside. Staffing schedules crisscross in a busy hospitality business, and labor costs are high as it is. Yet incorporating outside training courses into your employment practices is well worth the short-term hassle and expense for a whole slew of reasons.

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

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

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: 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.

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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).

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Weekly Update: Tip pooling – WRA challenges Ninth Circuit ruling

The WRA, along with its co-plaintiffs, filed with the Ninth Circuit a petition for panel rehearing or rehearing en banc (where the case is heard before all the judges on the court), urging the Ninth Circuit to reconsider its decision not to block a U.S. Department of Labor rule barring employees from using tip pools to boost the wages of kitchen workers.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Earth Day is every day

Local sourcing of food products, food waste reduction, energy conservation, sustainable seafood, environmental sustainability – you name it, restaurants are going “green” in a major way.

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Time to Take CyberSecurity Seriously

When it comes to cybersecurity, many owners of hospitality businesses discover all too late that their operations were vulnerable to a data breach, and that vulnerability can be very costly indeed.

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Looking past choppiness reveals positive sales trend

Although the first three months of 2016 were marked by uneven restaurant sales, the overall trend remains generally positive, according to the NRA’s Chief Economist Bruce Grindy.

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Lex on Tech: Tips for Your Website’s Accessibility

In February, the National Restaurant Association issued an alert about restaurants receiving letters from a Pennsylvania law firm that threatened litigation over their website’s ADA accessibility “compliance failures.”

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Weekly Update: Congratulations to Faces of Diversity Award winner Taylor Hoang!

Taylor Hoang, owner of Seattle’s Pho Cyclo Café and executive director of the Ethnic Business Coalition, received the 2016 National Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s Faces of Diversity Award this week at a gala dinner in Washington, D.C.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: DOL eyes major changes to federal overtime regulations

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed major changes to the federal overtime regulations. If the DOL regulation goes into effect, it will create significant challenges for restaurant owners, could negatively impact employees’ pocketbooks and possibly open the floodgates for lawsuits from opportunistic plaintiffs’ attorneys.

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Want to increase your tax return? Donate food

Restaurateurs who donate their surplus food can now take advantage of some new tax incentives, including an enhanced deduction.

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President’s Column: Ladders to Success

We almost assuredly face a summer with a $13.50 minimum wage initiative on the statewide ballot. With cities adopting restrictive scheduling regulations and other ideas that were unthinkable just 10 years ago, many operators (maybe you) are just angry.

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Weekly Update: Minimum wage issue heating up nationally

California and New York acted Monday to push their statewide minimum wages to $15 an hour – the highest in the nation. Meanwhile, wage disparity is a defining issue in the Democratic Party presidential race.