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There is still time to register: Washington State Hospitality Conference!

This Thursday, join us for our second annual Washington State Hospitality Conference, a must-attend event hosted by the Washington Hospitality Association and Washington State University's school of Hospitality Business Management.


Our keynote will be delivered by Bob Donegan, president of Ivar's, one of Seattle's oldest and favorite restaurant companies.

The event is in two days and dinner tickets are sold out, but it's not too late to register for the conference and trade show. This is a rare opportunity to learn from industry experts and network with potential employees and partners. Don't miss out!


Thursday, Nov. 9

Trade show begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Seattle

New in 2024 toolkit!

This brand new toolkit features laws or upcoming changes that go into effect in 2024 and beyond that you need to prepare for. We will update this page with new information, so make sure to bookmark it and check back for helpful information as the new year approaches.

Fisher Phillips: New I-9 Form compliance tips for employers

Federal officials updated and modernized the I-9 Form for employment verification. Be sure to check out these Eight compliance tips for employers from Fisher Phillips. The new form is available now and went into effect Nov. 1.

Federal government announces additional H-2B visas: More must be done

The Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Department of Labor, just released a temporary final rule that will make available an additional 64,716 H-2B visas, which is the maximum permitted for fiscal year 2024.

These additional visas will provide crucial help to seasonal lodging businesses, but will not be enough to meet hoteliers’ labor needs. The American Hotel and Lodging Association will continue to urge Congress and the administration to make more H-2B visas available in the future. Watch our "Your H-2B questions answered with Davis Bae of Fisher Phillips" webinar on our members-only site.

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As winter draws near, it's vital to be prepared for extreme weather. Spokane has already received some snow! Our extreme weather toolkit includes how to prep for inclement weather and how to protect yourself, employees and customers for the winter months ahead.

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Webinars and Podcasts


Recorded webinar - Human Skills: The new hard skills for the future of work

Suzan Sturholm, president of All Things HR, discusses what human skills are, how you can recruit for people with human skills and how to train your managers.

New episode: The CEO Podcast with special guest, Shaiza Damji

This month, Anthony welcomes Shaiza Damji, principal & managing director of 360 Degree Hotel Group and a 2023 winner of the Burtenshaw Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Live webinar! Alcohol to go with the LCB

The Liquor and Cannabis Board will provide an overview of Senate Bill (SSB) 5448, covering what was extended or discontinued regarding alcohol to-go. The agency is currently undergoing rulemaking to implement these legislative changes. Learn more at this webinar at 10 a.m., tomorrow.

Live webinar! Rules and regulations surrounding commercial fish documentation

Join Lt. Erik Olson of the Department of Fish & Wildlife as he walks us through the documentation you need for the fish and shellfish you serve in your restaurants. Over the last five years, there have been more than 175 felonies filed with prosecutors for illegal trafficking of fish and shellfish. Learn how to avoid this at 10 a.m., Nov. 15.

Live webinar! Public safety with Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz

Join Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz to hear tips to keep your business, employees and guests safe at 2 p.m. Nov. 20.

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Employees have options for individual healthcare

Licensed insurance agents will walk employees through all their healthcare options and help them choose the best plan. Plans vary from health insurance and medical to critical illness, hospitalization and dental options.

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With NFL Sunday Ticket through DirecTV, your customers can watch any of their favorite teams. Save big with 30% off DirecTV and another 25% off NFL Sunday Ticket. Members have saved thousands of dollars using this direct discount. Restrictions may apply.

Our comprehensive course covers all the basics of First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This course meets OSHA & WISHA requirements for CPR/First-Aid/AED in the workplace.
This course is two hours online and two hours in-person skills session in Olympia at Washington Hospitality Association. Read more here.

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Registration deadline Jan. 24.

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Spokane

Dec. 2
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Nov. 17

Seattle

Dec. 8
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Nov. 20

Vancouver

DEC. 11
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NOV. 27

Tacoma

Dec. 11

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Nov. 27

Everett

Dec. 15

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Dec.1

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