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Hot Off The Grill: Updates during the Special Session

Posted On: May 04, 2015

The 2015 regular session officially ended last week and the Special Session started April 29. A special session can last up to 30 days, however it is not required that the the Legislature use all 30 days to complete their work. They can adjourn any time they agree on a budget.

Washington Restaurant Weekly: WRA and Washington Lodging Association on track to join forces

Posted On: April 30, 2015

The Washington Restaurant Association and the Washington Lodging Association have made significant progress in their joint effort to create a new, unified hospitality association.

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: NLRB’s new union elections rules – What you need to know

Posted On: April 28, 2015

Never was this truer for restaurant operators than with two current rulings of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on union elections and joint employers. It is essential that restaurateurs familiarize themselves with these rules and prepare accordingly.

President’s Column: Unions and restaurants – How union marketing and PR impacts restaurants

Posted On: April 27, 2015

In part three, I will focus on non-regulatory effects. How will you, the local restaurateur who is just trying to make a living, be impacted by the gunfight?

Washington Restaurant Weekly: Regular legislative session nearing end, but special session certain

Posted On: April 23, 2015

Washington’s regular 2015 legislative will end soon, but there is so much unfinished business that a special legislative session is now certain.

4 sustainability tips for Earth Day

Posted On: April 22, 2015

In celebration of Earth Day, the National Restaurant Association’s Conserve program is challenging restaurateurs to make their businesses more sustainable.

The WRA Education Foundation: What it can do for you

Posted On: April 21, 2015

By Lyle Hildahl, WRA Education Foundation director I was thinking that back when I had my restaurant, the landscape was very different. We had our challenges, but certainly not at the level restaurant owners are facing today. Minimum wage, healthcare, […]

Build a sustainable restaurant? See how

Posted On: April 20, 2015

First, have a clear sustainability vision. If you’re looking to promote sustainability at your restaurant, it is hugely helpful if you can come to the design and operations teams at the beginning and tell them you want to focus on energy and water efficiency, or waste reduction.

Hot Off the Grill: 2015 Legislative Session week fourteen

Posted On: April 17, 2015

Today is Day 96 of 2015’s 105 day regular session. We are very near the end. However, most observers believe that there will be a special session to cover budget matters.  At this time, there is little action on much […]