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  • Sep 20
    emv chip cards

    EMV or chip card technology, long used in Europe, makes it harder for criminals to produce counterfeit credit and debit cards. EMV chip technology is becoming the global standard for credit card and debit card payments. Chip-enabled cards are...

  • Sep 7
    Dram Shop liability

    Alcohol beverage providers can be liable for damages in a civil suit if it’s proven that the provider sold or served alcohol and it was apparent to the provide that the person was ‘obviously intoxicated’ to the extent he presented a clear danger to...

  • Aug 24
    Austin restaurant recycling

    Beginning Oct. 1, 2016 the very largest restaurants (>15,000 square feet) will be required to establish an organics diversion program. By Oct. 2017, restaurants greater than 5,000 square feet are subject to the requirement, and by Oct. 1, 2018...

  • Aug 23
    Health inspections and letter grades

    Many local health departments around the state have proposed posting letter grades in restaurant windows to reflect their health inspection score. While grades may initially appear useful to consumers, grading schemes unfortunately are not a...

  • Aug 10
    music licensing

    Performing rights organizations (PROs), such as BMI, SESAC, and others act as intermediaries between restaurants and songwriters to protect intellectual property and make licensing more cost-effective and convenient. Restaurants pay a fee to the...

  • Jul 13
    restaurant equipment

    Texas sales taxes geneally apply widely across many products and services, and it is one of the highest sales tax rates in the country. Becase restaurants are unique, involved in manufacturing, retail sales and services, taxes can become a pretty...

  • Jun 8

    On October 11, 2015 the new Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) went into effect. Some of the new significant changes in the TFER include: a new health inspection form and a 3-Tier risk designation; added definitions for bare hand contact, Time/...

  • May 25

    The Texas Department of Agriculture has recently begun to conduct random inspections on businesses that use commercial scales. In particular, the TDA has focused much attention and resources on the restaurant industry. So, if you are a BBQ...

  • May 11

    New federal overtime regulations have been proposed and are currently under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The proposed overtime rule for non-exempt employees will take the salary requirement to $970/week ($50,440/year) from...

  • Apr 27

    Learn what you need to do if you are faced with an ADA lawsuit.

  • Apr 13

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the Hazard Communication Standards (HCS) pertaining to properly labeling hazardous chemicals. Employers must update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication programs as...

  • Mar 23

    At the end of 2015 Congress passed a budget bill that included many tax provisions benefiting restaurant owners. Watch this 2 minute video to learn what tax breaks are available for your restaurant.