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.

Renting out your kitchen space can be a big money maker
Renting out your kitchen space can be a big money maker

***UPDATE: May 26, 2022*** The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) announced today they are extending the "Renting Kitchens to Non-Licensees" temporary allowance. The allowance, currently set to expire on June 1, will now expire on Sept. 30, 2022. Learn...

FAQ: What to do if your employee has COVID-19
FAQ: What to do if your employee has COVID-19

Below are FAQs designed to help employers determine the next steps with a variety of scenarios when an employee has a potential or confirmed positive case of COVID-19. Here are some key definitions you’ll need to know as these terms are used several times when...

Update on OSHA vaccine mandate

In the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the Biden Administration has officially withdrawn the OSHA rule requiring employees to either get vaccinated or be subject to regular testing. Below are messages from the American Hotel & Lodging Association and...

Federal vaccine mandate on hold, again
Federal vaccine mandate on hold, again

In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay for President Joe Biden’s vaccine/testing mandate. This means the mandate, also known as the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), is once again on hold pending additional legal review of cases currently being considered in lower courts.

Workplace outbreak resources and new CDC isolation recommendations

“The omicron variant is spreading quickly and has the potential to impact all facets of our society. CDC’s updated recommendations for isolation and quarantine balance what we know about the spread of the virus and the protection provided by vaccination and booster...

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.

New guest vaccine requirement coming in King County
New guest vaccine requirement coming in King County

UPDATED 9.17.21 to include the full statement from Anthony Anton, President and CEO of the Washington Hospitality Association and provide more context around the advocacy efforts of the association's government affairs team. King County officials announced today they...

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...