News: Legal & Regulatory

  • Apr 16
    2018

    TIP-POOLING UPDATE: Our industry achieved a significant victory in the recently passed “omnibus” spending bill that fully repealed a 2011 regulation that attempted to prohibit back-of-the-house staff from participating in tip pools in restaurants...

  • Apr 11
    2018

    Congress passed the federal menu labeling law in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. It requires restaurant chains and similar retail food establishments that have 20 or more locations operating under the same brand to provide detailed...

  • Mar 28
    2018

    In February of 2018, the Austin City Council passed a mandatory Paid Sick Leave Ordinance. This is the first ordinance of its kind in Texas, and one of the first local ordinances in the Southern United States. Now law in Austin, it is set to have...

  • Mar 15
    2018

    In light of recent natural disasters in Texas, namely Hurricane Harvey and other recent flooding events, a major victory was achieved with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve the latest FDA Food Code. The restaurant industry was able...

  • Feb 14
    2018

    We have all heard and read the news about sexual harassment cases and allegations in the political arena, Hollywood, high tech, and the workplace. These are serious issues that demand the attention of everyone – employers and employees alike....

  • Jan 26
    2018

    Austin City Council has recently proposed a mandatory paid sick leave ordinance for Austin employers. Paid sick leave ordinances have shown up in many other cities throughout the country, but Austin’s is ground-breaking as it is one of the first...

  • Oct 25
    2017

    House Bill 2029 (the BBQ Bill) repeals a burdensome state law requiring restaurants that sell food by weight maintain a certified scale, pay a $35 annual fee to the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and display a sticker visible to the consumer...

  • Oct 9
    2017

    Support the Restaurant Industry against the Department of Agriculture’s Rewriting of the BBQ Bill House Bill 2029 (the BBQ Bill), which passed during the 2017 Legislative Session, repeals the Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) requirement that...

  • Sep 21
    2017
    comptroller harvey relief

    The Texas Comptroller of Public Account’s office has compiled information for taxpayers affected by the storm, including details on: how to request an extension of filing tax returns; the temporary waiver of state and local hotel tax for disaster...

  • Jul 13
    2017

    The following is an update on menu labeling from the National Restaurant Association. They are moving quickly on multiple fronts to advance our industry's position. Here's the latest: Legal strategy: As many of you know, New York City recently...

  • Jun 23
    2017

    After 140 fast-paced days, the 85th Texas Legislative Session came to an end on May 29. This session the Texas House and Senate focused on the state budget, property tax reform, immigration, sanctuary cities, gender-neutral bathrooms, business...

  • Jun 8
    2017

    This year brought about major changes in the area of employment law. On June 7, Houston attorney and immigration expert Jacob Monty of Monty and Ramirez, LLP, led a webinar for TRA outlining these changes. He included an overview of President Trump’...

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