News: News Now

  • 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...

  • Jul 11
    2018

    More and more employers are experiencing an increase in lawsuits about the “80/20 Rule” for server duties and how it affects the tip credit. Our latest TRA News Now was created to help you understand exactly what the 80/20 Rule is, ensure that you...

  • Jun 20
    2018

    In today's TRA News Now we look at healthcare. Due to the recent tax reform bill, the Affordable Care Act's penalty for not complying with the individual mandate was repealed - to take effect in 2019. However, the employer mandate is still in place...

  • Jun 6
    2018

    Music is important to set the appropriate tone in a restaurant, but there can be a lot of confusion when it comes to music licensing. One of the biggest concerns restaurateurs have when playing either live or recorded music, are royalty fees.  In...

  • May 23
    2018

    In our latest TRA News Now, we showcase the upcoming TRA Marketplace - the second largest foodservice show in the country, which returns to San Antonio for the first time in over 30 years on Sunday and Monday, July 15-16 at the Henry B. Gonzalez...

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