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Minimum wage in Washington to increase 6 cents in 2017

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced today that the state’s minimum wage will increase 6 cents in 2017. The wage will rise to $9.53 an hour on Jan. 1.

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Government Affairs Committee Regional Meetings 2016

Each year the WRA and WLA hold a series of regional meetings to get feedback from our members on issues that are important to them. The Government Affairs (GA) team travels to various locations around the

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WRA/WLA 2 Minute Video Update – September 26, 2016

Things you need to know in two minutes! Statewide Minimum Wage Initiative; Secure Scheduling Ordinance Passes; I-124 No Campaign Website is Live; New association is unveiled Oct. 4.

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Toolkit: Secure Scheduling Ordinance

On Sept. 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance, 9-0. The ordinance will require businesses provide: Two weeks advanced notice of schedules Penalty pay for changes after

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Weekly Update: Seattle City Council Enacts Restrictive Scheduling

On Monday, the Seattle City Council passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance, 9-0. Full-service restaurants are included in the legislation if they have 40 locations and 500 employees. Everyone else, including

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Terror Fears Dampen Restaurant Sales

Last weekend’s terrorism incidents in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota will likely depress restaurant sales, according to data from Technomic.

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Seattle City Council Passes Secure Scheduling Ordinance

Today, the Seattle City Council passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance, 9-0. Full-service restaurants are included in the legislation if they have 40 locations and 500 employees. Everyone else, including quick-service

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Consumer spending remains uneven

The August sales report is another indication that consumers continue to pick their spots carefully, despite the steady job growth and rising household income, according to the NRA’s chief economist Bruce Grindy.

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Weekly Update: Restaurants Granted Stay in Tip Pooling Case

Restaurants Granted Stay in Tip Pooling Case Following last week’s denial by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals of WRA’s petition to reconsider its Feb. 23 ruling in our ongoing

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Avoiding Foodborne Illness

You strive to provide the best food with the highest safety standards for your customers, but one customer, then another, claims your food made them sick.

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How does household-income growth affect restaurants?

Household income registered a solid increase in 2015, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Real median household income was $56,516 in 2015, up 5.2 percent from 2014 and the strongest annual increase since data reporting began back in 1967.

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September 30: Flat Panel Antitrust Deadline Extended

The Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) and Washington Lodging Association (WLA) is working with Class Action Capital, a market leader in class action settlement claim management. Class Action Capital is already

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VIDEO: What you need to know about tip pooling in 2 minutes

On Sept. 6, the Ninth Circuit denied WRA’s petition to reconsider its Feb. 23 ruling in our ongoing tip-pooling lawsuit (Or. Rest. & Lodging Ass’n v. Perez).

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WRA’s Challenge to Tip Pooling Ruling Rejected by Ninth Circuit Court

On Sept. 6, the Ninth Circuit denied WRA’s petition to reconsider its Feb. 23 ruling in our ongoing tip pooling lawsuit. With this denial, the court’s Feb. 23 decision currently stands.