Press Release

Washington State Hospitality Law Manual Announced


Seattle, WA (October 31, 2012)The Washington Lodging Association (WLA) released the newly-completed Third Edition of the Washington State Hospitality Law Manual at the WLA’s annual convention this month.  The 274-page manual contains 28 chapters that cover a comprehensive range of legal and business topics impacting hotels and hotel operations. 

The Manual’s Editor-in-Chief and principal contributor is Irvin Sandman of Sandman Savrann PLLC.  The completion of the Manual was also assisted by an editorial board Irv formed, composed of six associate editors and contributors from five law firms.

The new Manual is provided to WLA members as a benefit of membership in the association.  Sandman Savrann will also provide copies to its clients upon their request.

The WLA published the Manual’s previous edition in 1999.  Because much has changed since 1999, both in the law and in how business is conducted, the new Third Edition is a major revision of the Manual.  It adds new cases and authorities and analyzes many changes in the law.  New sections and chapters include topics such as: 

  • the use of hotel gift cards
  • working with insurers when lawsuits arise
  • Washington’s version of the National Food Code
  • no-smoking laws
  • updated wage and hour rules
  • tip pooling
  • the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
  • sexual harassment in the workplace
  • reductions in work force
  • medical marijuana
  • antitrust laws and “call arounds”
  • Washington’s “hotel liquor license,” initiative 1183 and the new scheme for retail sales of spirits
  • the new ADA Title III laws and rules
  • the Patriot Act
  • music copyright issues arising from hotels’ pervasive video screens
  • new media in hotel marketing
  • B&O tax issues for hotels

A chapter on hotel ownership matters was also added to give hotel managers an overview of the underlying structural and contractual context within which they operate and are judged.

View the Washington State Hospitality Law Manual’s cover pages, table of contents, preface and introduction »




Irvin W. Sandman, Sandman Savrann PLLC, 206-686-0802,

Jan Simon, Washington Lodging Association, (206) 306-1001,

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The Washington Lodging Association (WLA), the state’s only non-profit trade and professional association dedicated to the interests and improvements of Washington’s lodging industry, has championed success for the industry since 1920. Serving owners and operators of properties large and small across Washington – flagged, independent, boutique and historic – WLA serves as the voice of Washington lodging; improves the industry’s business climate; delivers resources, programs and expertise to members; advances the industry with education and networking opportunities; advocates against unfavorable bills and regulation and for sensible laws and rules; and promotes tourism, increasing visits to our state and our members’ properties.  Visit


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