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  • Oct 7
    2016

    The Texas Restaurant Association has launched two new websites, one for the association, www.txrestaurant.org, and one for the TRA Marketplace, TRA’s annual trade show, the largest foodservice show in the Southwest, www.tramarketplace.com. The new...

  • 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...

  • Oct 3
    2016
    Workers compensation

    Workers’ Compensation Insurance is a state-regulated insurance policy devised to compensate workers who have become injured on the job or contract a work-related illness. The policy is also designed to cover an employer’s potential liability arising...

  • Sep 20
    2016
    emv chip cards

    EMV or chip card technology, long used in Europe, makes it harder for criminals to produce counterfeit credit and debit cards. EMV chip technology is becoming the global standard for credit card and debit card payments. Chip-enabled cards are...

  • 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...

  • Sep 7
    2016
    Dram Shop liability

    Alcohol beverage providers can be liable for damages in a civil suit if it’s proven that the provider sold or served alcohol and it was apparent to the provide that the person was ‘obviously intoxicated’ to the extent he presented a clear danger to...

  • Sep 6
    2016

    Gone to the Dogs — Making your outdoor restaurant patio ‘pet friendly’ can reap big rewards (Repost from TRA’s Restaurantville Magazine, September Issue) Dogs are man’s best friend, and increasingly, people are living life with their best friend...

  • Sep 6
    2016

    As a restaurant owner, one of the unique situations that you might come across in day-to-day restaurant operations is catering to those who have service animals. A service animal is defined as an animal that is individually trained to do work or...

  • Sep 6
    2016

    If you are an employer, you might have received a notice (or several) over the past month from the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace/Exchange. The notices are being issued to employers with employees who applied for Marketplace/Exchange coverage...

  • Aug 24
    2016
    Austin restaurant recycling

    Beginning Oct. 1, 2016 the very largest restaurants (>15,000 square feet) will be required to establish an organics diversion program. By Oct. 2017, restaurants greater than 5,000 square feet are subject to the requirement, and by Oct. 1, 2018...

  • Aug 23
    2016
    Health inspections and letter grades

    Many local health departments around the state have proposed posting letter grades in restaurant windows to reflect their health inspection score. While grades may initially appear useful to consumers, grading schemes unfortunately are not a...

  • Aug 22
    2016
    Russell Ybarra

    Being a TRA member has made a huge difference in my business by simply allowing me to network with other restaurateurs. For example, several years ago a very prominent and successful TRA member allowed me to tour his kitchen. While doing so, I...

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