Restaurants are among the most highly regulated businesses, subject to myriad local, state and federal laws and rules. Additionally, just doing business is complicated with lease negotiations, contracts, etc. TRA offers complimentary restaurant legal support to our members.
Before you call an attorney with your questions and incur those expensive hourly billing rates, contact the Texas Restaurant Association’s General Counsel. With more than 20 years of experience, he has the knowledge to answer your questions.
Legal & Regulatory Issues
Federal Overtime Rules
Statewide Mandate - Food Handler Certification
OSHA Revised Hazard Communications Standards
Sales Tax Exemptions
TX Dept. of Agriculture Weights, Measures & Scales Rules
Updated Texas Food Establishment Rules
On October 11, 2015 the new Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) went into effect. Texas last updated its food code in 2006 which was based on the 2001 FDA Food Code. The new TFER is closely aligned with the 2013 FDA Model Food Code and brings Texas in line with current developments in food law, safety, cooking, storage and other regulatory issues. More
Texas' Open Carry law became effective January 1, 2016. It expands the scope of a concealed handgun license to authorize an individual possessing a license to carry a handgun to carry the handgun in plain view in a public place if the handgun is carried in a shoulder or belt holster. A private property owner can choose to prohibit open and/or concealed carry on their premises by given notice either through oral or written communication. More
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