Some employees in SeaTac, Washington will ring in the new year with a minimum wage increase to $15 dollars an hour, and other benefits including paid sick and safe leave. The new law takes effect on January 1, 2014. Following a judge’s recent ruling, the changes will not apply to employees within the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. If, however, you’re in the hospitality and/or transportation industry operating outside of the airport, and satisfy certain size requirements (for instance, hotels are generally covered if they include 100 or more guest rooms AND are staffed by 30 or more workers), you need to prepare for changes under the new law.
Greg Duff founded and chairs Foster Garvey’s national Hospitality, Travel & Tourism group. His practice largely focuses on operations-oriented matters faced by hospitality industry members, including sales and marketing, distribution and e-commerce, procurement and technology. Greg also serves as counsel and legal advisor to many of the hospitality industry’s associations and trade groups, including AH&LA, HFTP and HSMAI.