News: Legal & Regulatory

  • 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
    Update Form I-9 - man signing

    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...

  • Nov 9
    2016

    This week we focus on “local” -- because local rules and regulations can sometimes be burdensome. Learn about various issues affecting the industry throughout Texas and how TRA is advocating for you. If you have a local issue you’re concerned about...

  • Oct 20
    2016

    In less than 60 days, the new federal overtime regulations will be in effect. If you don’t already have a plan in place, now is the time to bring yourself up to speed. Watch this TRA News Now video to learn the new rules, and work with your Human...

  • Oct 5
    2016

    If you’re getting Internal Revenue Service notices that flag “errors” in reports you filed with the IRS under the Affordable Care Act, you’re not alone. Many restaurants are hearing that some Social Security numbers they submitted for employees...

  • Sep 15
    2016
    Credit card swipe

    In 2010, restaurants gained relief from skyrocketing debit swipe fees through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, thanks in large part to the National Restaurant Association (NRA).  Today, debit swipe fees average between...

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