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Weekly Update: Getting Ready for New Federal Overtime Rules

New Department of Labor rules regarding overtime pay exemption thresholds were announced by the White House on Wednesday, May 18.

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Seattle businesses face fines for non-compliance with all-gender restroom ordinance

The WRA/WLA government affairs team has learned that the City of Seattle is starting to send compliance letters to businesses that do not have gender neutral signage on their single-occupancy restrooms. If a business does not comply within 30 days, it faces fines.

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Getting ready for the new federal overtime rules

New Department of Labor (DOL) rules regarding overtime pay exemption thresholds were announced by the White House on Wednesday, May 18. The department estimates the new rules could affect more the four million employees nationwide.

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A third of operators say they lag in tech use

It might seem that technology is everywhere these days, but it’s still not the norm in many restaurants, according to new research by the National Restaurant Association.

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Weekly Update: DOL Raises Overtime Exemption Threshold to $47,476 a Year

Yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Tom Perez and Sen. Sherrod Brown (R-Ohio) announced the release of the final rule amending federal overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employers have been bracing for the new rule, which dramatically increases the number of salaried employees eligible for overtime pay.

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DOL Raises Overtime Exemption Threshold to $47,476 a Year

Today, Vice President Joe Biden, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Tom Perez and Sen. Sherrod Brown (R-Ohio) announced the release of the final rule amending federal overtime pay requirements under

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Serving Our Communities

Writing about how Washington’s hospitality businesses support our communities is a surprisingly difficult assignment. That’s because in the industry that serves, giving back is in everyone’s DNA, and compelling examples abound. So where does one start?

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Plug into Gen Z diners’ interests

Defined as anyone born after 1995, Gen Z makes up about 26 percent of the population, the largest demographic since baby boomers. These young diners – 83 million strong – wield substantial spending power, and their flavor preferences differ from previous generations’.

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State of the Industry Forum coming on June 8: Don’t miss it!

The Washington Restaurant Association/Washington Lodging Association State of the Industry Forum is only a few weeks away. Plan now to attend because you won’t want to miss it. We’re putting

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FDA issues safety tips after outbreak linked to frozen veggies

The Food and Drug Administration is advising restaurateurs to check out their frozen vegetables to see if they bought or stored any products linked to a recent multistate Listeria outbreak.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Facebook is your friend

One of the most exciting developments in Facebook advertising is Dynamic Ads – a way for advertisers to dynamically display their ads to Facebook users based on products they visited previously on the advertiser’s website or mobile app.

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Service Charges

Federal law defines service charges as a compulsory charge for service. In contrast to service charges, guests decide whether to give tips, how much to give and who to give it them to, subject to a tip pool.

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ProStart: A Professional Beginning to a Lifelong Career

I have written many times on the amazing outcomes that ProStart brings to our students, schools and industry. I have also written many times on the value of mentorship. I am writing today about a student’s personal path that leads to ProStart, mentorship and new beginnings.

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Climbing Hospitality’s Ladder of Opportunity

For women’s history month, Washington Restaurant & Lodging Magazine checked in with five talented women about their paths to success. By Paul Schlienz Photos by Lisa Ellefson Many people stumble

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Enforcement of federal menu-labeling rule will begin May 5, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday officially announced the availability of final guidance on the federal menu-labeling rule, which means restaurateurs and similar retail food establishments now have a date certain for compliance: May 5, 2017.