Labor changes are coming down the pipeline in the next 12-months, impacting Washington’s hospitality industry. Two recent changes to be aware of:
- The DOL has issued a proposed rule change, increasing the minimum salary threshold for exempt employees. The salary threshold determines whether an employee is subject to minimum wage, overtime pay, and paid sick leave. Under the proposal, the minimum salary will increase incrementally from 2020 through 2026 by 2.5 times. The DOL is holding public hearings throughout the state in July and August. Read more on the proposed change and view the public hearings schedule, at: http://lni.wa.gov/IPUB/700-205-000.pdf
- Governor Jay Inslee signed into law SB 5258: Preventing the sexual harassment and sexual assault of certain isolated workers. The bill requires employers to adopt a sexual harassment policy, provide mandatory training, provide a list of resources for the employees to use, and provide a panic button to employees working in isolated environments. Hotels must meet these requirements by January 1, 2020 (January 1, 2021, for hotels with under 60 rooms). View full details of the bill at: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/Senate/5258-S.SL.pdf
Questions on your restaurant or hotel’s accounting, audit, or tax services, contact Shelley Oswald. Shelley is a senior manager focused in the hospitality industry within PS’s audit and consulting practices.