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Knowledge is Power, Making an Investment in Your Employees with Compliance Training

Being a server, bartender or store clerk comes with a certain amount of risk and worry. As an employer, you can put some of this stress at bay when you partner with The BARS Program. The BARS Program s ongoing compliance-training program is an investment you make in your employees. An investment that includes time and exposure to your restaurant/store alcohol-selling policies – the when and where of alcohol service, number of drinks a customer... Read More

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Safeguarding Against a Government Bite with The BARS Program

The numbers are in and it s clear the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) isn t backing down from its use of stings. Avoid a government bite related to the sale of alcohol, tobacco, or other age-sensitive products by hiring The BARS Program to help properly train your staff and safeguard your brand s reputation. Government Stings, August 2017 Numbers Highest number of stings conducted in any month in 2017: 15,460 stings Highest percentage... Read More

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Teachable Moments with The BARS Program

So, you have an employee who just received a Red Card after incorrectly serving a Checker an age-sensitive product, and now you re asking yourself, “Do I fire this employee or not”? If only we had a dollar for every time we get hit with this question. Believe it or not, when an employee receives a Red Card, it doesn t have to be all doom and gloom. It costs about $1,000 to put a... Read More

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Are You Prepared: Open-Container Laws Changing Where, How Alcohol is Consumed

Alcohol consumption is increasingly common indoors and out. But did you know open-container laws and penalties vary by state? That s right, some states allow open-containers on sidewalks/streets between licensed premises, some allow alcohol consumption in specified zones/boundaries; while others have restrictions on the container type or size. And yet, in the clear majority of states it is illegal to possess an open alcohol container in public. “In Bid for Patrons, a Push to Open... Read More

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Open-Container Laws Changing as Open-Air Trend Soars

A recent Wall Street Journal article, “In Bid for Patrons, a Push to Open the Taps” , highlights trending discussion as open-container laws in public places across the nation are challenged. While this trend is not new, the thirst for a change in centuries-old legislation limiting alcohol consumption to within four walls is a sign of the times. Property developers and shopping center owners, together with city councils and zoning boards, in Iowa, Georgia, Texas,... Read More

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Why Clients Trust Us to Protect Them from Stings

One of the most important things any business can do is build trust. For 20 years, The BARS Program has worked to build trust with our clients. How have we done that? Hard work, diligence, and an intimate understanding of the business. Our boots-on-the-ground approach means we have conducted more than 4,000,000 (Seriously! Four million!) visits for our customers, and that dedication has paid off. Instead of tooting our own horn, we ll let some... Read More

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New York Moves Towards New Rules on Vaping: Sign of a General Trend?

The question of whether to treat e-cigarettes/vaping products as similar to or distinct from tobacco products seems to be moving towards an answer. New York state senators recently passed a measure classifying vaping products under cigarette-smoking laws; it is now expected to pass in the Assembly as well. Though the FDA initially decided to treat vaping products like tobacco products, there was major pushback against this regulation by producers of vaping products. We reported on... Read More

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Local Tobacco Ordinances: What Retailers Need to Know

In the most recent sign of a growing trend, Aspen, Colorado, recently raised the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21. Though most of the country still adheres to the 18-and-over rule for tobacco purchases, changes to the selling age and other guidelines are happening at the local level. In 2016, more than 700 local tobacco-related ordinances were up for consideration, with California, Minnesota, and Massachusetts being the most active. Some of the proposals... Read More

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