News: Legal & Regulatory

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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Due to the recent tax reform bill, the Affordable Care Act's penalty for not complying with the individual mandate was repealed - to take effect in 2019.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 9
    2018

    In the last year the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has undergone big changes in leadership. There is a new executive director and a new director of licensing. The new leadership has reached out to the industry to talk about the new direction...

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UPDATE: Our industry achieved a significant victory in the recently passed “omnibus” spending bill that fully repealed a 2011 regulation that attempted to prohibit back-of-the-house staff from participating in tip pools in restaurants...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

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