UPDATE: Minor employees can temporarily work back-of-house in 21+ establishments
UPDATE: Minor employees can temporarily work back-of-house in 21+ establishments

Effective immediately, 18-, 19-, and 20-year-old employees may perform back-of-house work in restricted liquor establishments now through September 30, 2021. Your government affairs team has been working closely with the LCB to adopt this new policy to ease employee age restrictions for restricted liquor establishments. This is a major win for hospitality operators who are struggling to fill open positions as the state looks to fully reopen next week.

Employers revisiting teen workforce to address labor shortage
Employers revisiting teen workforce to address labor shortage

The current workforce shortage is forcing many in the hospitality industry to rethink their approach to staffing. Even with Washington state fully reopened, it could take a years for hospitality businesses to hire and retain enough staff to meet demand. So how do businesses overcome these challenges? The answer to that question will look different for every employer. But nearly all employers will likely need to expand their applicant pool to attract new employees.

Toolkit — Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Toolkit — Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Updated 8/30/21: While the RRF has officially closed, multiple bills to replenish the fund by up to $60 billion are being debated in Congress right now. You can click here to tell Congress to replenish these badly needed funds.

Free PPE for King County restaurant workers
Free PPE for King County restaurant workers

King County is distributing free PPE masks and sanitizing wipes to county restaurant workers. Restaurant representatives are invited to attend a drive-thru mask distribution pop-up event in Renton. The county will provide each restaurant worker 10 KN90 masks, 10 cloth...

Clock is ticking on PPP forgiveness
Clock is ticking on PPP forgiveness

UPDATE: The SBA has opened opened a new portal that businesses with loans of less than $150,000 can use to apply for forgiveness directly which opened on August 4. You can opt-in to the program here. SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman says “The SBA’s new streamlined...

Avoid being overtaxed for your property this year

There are special considerations for property owners affected by the coronavirus pandemic that help you pay less property tax. Claims for reduced assessments due to loss of value on declared disaster areas are common, but can be complex.