News: Legal & Regulatory

  • May 15
    2017

    In this 2-minute TRA News Now, we give a brief legislative update on four bills - three awaiting consideration in the Senate and one in the House, plus an introduction to TRA's latest preferred partner - Safety Kick, working to make your life easier...

  • May 2
    2017

    The new menu labeling deadline is May 7, 2018, over a year from the original deadline of May 5, 2017.  ***** The Food and Drug Administration is pushing back the deadline in implementing menu labeling regulations. The FDA submitted an interim final...

  • May 1
    2017

    According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), employers will need to be extra vigilant when reviewing Form I-9s, due to a technical glitch, specifically for those downloaded between November 14 – 17, 2016. The error (which has...

  • Apr 26
    2017

    From BBQ, bathrooms and budgets, to drive-by lawsuits – the 85th session of the Texas Legislature is full tilt. Find out which bills are hot and have the greatest impact on your business. We have all the latest updates for you in our two-minute TRA...

  • Apr 10
    2017

    Today, TRA will be testifying on House Bill 2101 - Food and Beverage Certificate Legislation sponsored by Representative John Frullo in the House Licensing Committee. Currently, the Texas Alcohol Code allows a restaurant with a mixed beverage...

  • Mar 29
    2017

    In 2010, Congress passed the federal menu-labeling law which requires restaurants (part of a chain of 20 or more locations) to add calorie data to menus and make other information available to guests on request. These new menu labeling requirements...

  • Feb 7
    2017
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    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently released an updated version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, found here. The new Form I-9 became mandatory on January 22, 2017, replacing the previous version dated March 8...

  • Jan 25
    2017

    Yesterday, a motion was filed in the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in the federal overtime rule case. The amicus brief was signed by the Texas Restaurant Association, along with the National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation,...

  • Jan 25
    2017

    You may have seen the headlines in the past, Disabled Veteran Booted from Restaurant over Service Dog or Military Vet with Service Dog Kicked Out of Restaurant. Unfortunately, these stories tend to get picked up by social media and bloggers and can...

  • Jan 25
    2017

    Though the law isn’t new, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) is focusing on a relatively new enforcement effort by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) concerning commercial scales, which is causing problems and even fines for some...

  • Jan 18
    2017

    The 85th Texas Legislature has begun and we have your preview in this TRA News Now. From property tax relief to business regulations - we've got our finger on the pulse of the Texas Capitol. Don't forget TRA's upcoming Legislative Affairs Conference...

  • Dec 2
    2016

    A little known provision was added to the new 2015 Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) requiring all food establishments to conspicuously post a sign informing customers that the establishment’s most recent health inspection report is available...

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