News: News Now

  • Feb 20
    2019

    Many people enjoy beer with barbeque, a Bordeaux with their steak or margaritas with fajitas. However, when ordering restaurant delivery - alcohol has been missing from that experience. Currently, Texas law permits beer and wine to be carried off...

  • Feb 6
    2019
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    In 2006, the Texas Legislature established the 4th Monday in August as a state-wide, uniform start date for public schools. However, in 2015, H.B. 1842 became law, which allowed school districts to exempt themselves from 67 state requirements, one...

  • Jan 23
    2019

    Most everyone has heard of TRA’s Political Action Committee which combines member contributions to help impact various elections, supporting candidates who merit the support of our industry. But did you know that TRA also has a ‘war chest’ called...

  • Jan 9
    2019

    The 86th Texas Legislature has convened and here at TRA we are rolling up our sleeves and taking to the capitol hallways. Our issues this session are wide and varied - from TABC licensing and alcohol delivery, to school start dates, employment law,...

  • Dec 12
    2018

    TRA (and Texas restaurants) had some big wins lately at both the state and national levels with Paid Sick Leave and the 80/20 Rule.  The Paid Sick Leave ordinance was the first of its kind in Texas. After passing earlier this year, a number of...

  • Nov 7
    2018

    TRA and the TRA Political Action Committee have been very involved in the Texas elections and closely monitoring the federal elections. The makeup of the new Texas House of Representatives, Texas Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives and...

  • Oct 24
    2018

    Holiday season is around the corner and restaurants do a lot of catering and special events, often creating a lot of leftovers – both on the table and in the pantry. Did you know that changes to the Tax Code in 2016 now allow for greater food...

  • Oct 3
    2018

    After working closely with TRA, the Texas Alcohol and  Beverage Commission (TABC) has passed new alcohol catering rules the eliminate the need for TABC pre-approval and expediting fees for most catering events. This is important because many...

  • Sep 13
    2018

    In the unfortunate event that disaster strikes - are you prepared? In our latest TRA News Now, we take a look at the different types of disasters that can occur and what you can do to protect yourself. Did you know that there are several different...

  • Aug 29
    2018

    In our latest TRA News Now, we have updates for paid sick leave ordinances in both Austin and San Antonio. The Austin ordinance, the first of its kind in Texas, would have allowed employees to accrue up to 64 hours of paid sick leave annually,...

  • Aug 15
    2018

    Many TRA members have been inquiring about straws because their customers have been asking questions about them. The restaurant industry is facing increasing pressure from environmental and consumer groups to curtail, or even ban the use of single-...

  • Aug 7
    2018

    Five Collaborative Programs Win 2018 AHA NOVA Awards   WASHINGTON (July 17, 2018) – The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced that it will honor five programs with the AHA NOVA Award for their hospital-led collaborative efforts that...

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