Many thanks to Matador Ballard for hosting the Seattle Restaurant Alliance March meeting.

We were happy to be joined by Logan Dozier from the Washington Hospitality Association and Devi Dillon from Total Benefits Solutions, who shared about how to take advantage of Hospitality Health Insurance.

Here are a few highlights from the presentation:

  • Hospitality Health Insurance works with the Washington Hospitality Association to deliver affordable and flexible insurance offerings with statewide coverage.
  • You can choose from multiple Kaiser Permanente or Aetna medical plans and have access to dental and vision plans.
  • To be eligible, you must have at least two enrolled employees, be a group headquartered in Washington State and have 50% employee participation.

To learn more about how you can use Hospitality Health Insurance, visit this link here.


We were also joined by Director of the Office of Labor Standards, Steve Marchese, for a conversation about the impact of labor standards on the restaurant industry.

Here are a few resources and highlights from the presentation:

  • The Office of Labor Standards (OLS) is turning its focus this year towards labor violations in the gig-worker industry due to ordinances that have recently gone into effect.
  • Seattle’s Secure Scheduling Ordinance is a complicated law that has been in effect since 2017 that affects all restaurants with 500 employees and 40 locations nationwide including franchisees. Read about what the law means here.
  • Fines for violations are determined based on numerous factors including the nature of the violation, length of time violation occurred, if a violation had occurred before and a businesses’ ability to follow the law. OLS’s goal is to avoid lengthy court processes and will seek settlements when possible.
  • If you have questions about labor standards, you can visit the link here, call the office directly at (206) 256-5297 or email .

Next SRA Meeting:

The next meeting will be April 3 (Location TBD).