News: Legal & Regulatory

  • Feb 5
    2020

    While most restaurant employees know that service animals are allowed to accompany their owners in the public areas of restaurants, if a customer with no apparent disability enters a restaurant with a service dog, questions and confusion can arise....

  • Jan 3
    2020

    The Texas Restaurant Association strongly advocated for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Tax (HIT) in the recently concluded Congressional session. We are proud to report that the HIT tax was finally repealed which will ...

  • Dec 18
    2019

    Congress 2019 Tax Agreement Update Yesterday, negotiations concluded between the White House and Congress on the assembly of a limited tax package that will be added to a spending bill. This legislation is expected to pass Congress and be signed...

  • Dec 11
    2019

    The holiday season brings plenty of private parties and events - which means restaurants have to file the correct alcohol catering certification request with the TABC. TRA has been a driving force, working with TABC to pass the "File and Use" rule...

  • Nov 22
    2019

    A San Antonio district judge has granted a temporary injunction on the San Antonio Sick and Safe Law which prevents the ordinance from taking effect on Dec. 1, 2019. The judge has asked the parties to prepare for a trial on the merits of the...

  • Nov 19
    2019

    Workplace harassment is a serious problem - and on the rise. Employers have one basic obligation to their workers - to provide a safe, working environment, free from discrimination and harassment. Failure to address the issue can not only affect the...

  • Nov 6
    2019
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    The Department of Labor recently issued its final overtime rule. Our latest two-minute TRA News Now takes a look at key provisions, such as the new salary threshold of $35,568 per year. Watch now and see what other changes have taken place, and how...

  • Nov 5
    2019
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    The recent tornados in Dallas brought operations to a halt to a few local restaurants. There are several different types of business insurance that can all help cover your restaurant or business in one-way or another. Property insurance is a type of...

  • Oct 23
    2019

    The holiday season is swiftly approaching and that means that employers often hire additional workers. Both employers and employees get very busy during this hectic time. However, employers need to stay vigilant and remain fully aware of all the...

  • Oct 9
    2019

    There's a new law that everyone's talking about that the Texas Restaurant Association helped pass earlier this year (SB 1450). Texas restaurants with mixed beverage permits now have the opportunity to deliver alcohol with food. Leveling the alcohol...

  • Oct 8
    2019

    Association Praises DOL on Tip Pooling Rule As you may have heard, the Department of Labor recently issued a final proposed rule regarding tip pooling. The proposed rule announced is a victory for the National Restaurant Association, the Restaurant...

  • Sep 16
    2019

    Out of the hundreds of bills TRA tracked this past legislative session, there were a handful of legislative priorities. Four of the main bills on which TRA worked to secure passage, including alcohol delivery, have been signed into law by the...

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