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ID Under 35 Is Best When It Comes to New Year Laws

Another mid-term election has come and gone. In its wake, and slated to take form in the New Year, are amended laws altering the sale of alcohol in a handful of states. Bars and restaurants in New York were given the green light to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption through 2026. The newly minted legislation specifies that drinks must be in sealed containers, paired with a food item and sold during permitted hours. Bar... Read More

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Well-Wishes for a Safe and Compliant Holiday Season, Year Ahead

The Holiday Season is upon us. As we return to celebratory traditions and every day patterns of normal, The BARS Program encourages you to remain dedicated to compliance training for new and veteran employees. In our post-pandemic world, alcohol consumption – whether at home or in a public-setting – remains a well-liked pastime, with purchases and procurement made online, in-person and by delivery. Despite record-high inflation and supply chain woes, big data collector, IRi ,... Read More

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Fulfill Employee Ambition with Frequent Compliance Training Opportunities

The hospitality industry faces its greatest challenge yet as labor shortages loom and quality of service wanes. Yet, an article from FSR Magazine recounts the strong preferences of some employees within the industry, who desire work-life balance, and learning and development opportunities. When you make compliance training commonplace with your business educational lineup, you safeguard your brand while simultaneously fulfilling employee ambition. And there is no shortage of on-the-job training opportunities to test compliance with... Read More

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Marijuana Retail Granted Cheaper Delivery Options, Compliance Challenges Could Follow

Marijuana delivery services took off during the height of the pandemic, and with apps like www.leafbuyer.com , consumers in states where pot delivery is legal, found easy access to what they wanted. Today, although retail dispensaries are commonplace within the Mile High City, the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses wants to make the industry more readily accessible – this on the coattails of legalizing recreational marijuana for home delivery in April 2021. To accomplish... Read More

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Compliance Challenges: Changing Laws Keep Grocery Store Managers on Their Toes

Voters in Colorado could rewrite state law this November, when they vote whether to permit the sale of wine at grocery stores and to allow third-party alcohol delivery. 1,2 The proposed changes bring with them near-immediate need for increased and diversified employee training to ensure lawful sale of extended inventory and delivery options. The proposed double-whammy of changes won t be taken lightly by the state s roughly 1,600 licensed liquor stores – many of... Read More

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Mid-Year Changes are a Good Reminder for Retailers to Update Training, Offer Refreshers for Employees

Utah , Florida , New Jersey and Oregon recently passed new or amended laws pertaining to alcohol and tobacco sales. The fate of to-go alcohol in Maine is to be decided in September. In the heat of summer, it's important to stay current and know the latest regulations to ensure new and seasoned employees remain adequately trained and compliant with selling practices. Its also a good time to enact an under 35 carding policy .... Read More

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Enforcement Ramping Up Pre- and Post-COVID Regulations

Across the country, loosened liquor laws and expanded to-go options have potential to reign constant among long-term societal changes brought upon by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Intended as triage for collapsing revenue streams, the novel practices bring with them prerequisites that solicit wide-spread surveillance by regulatory and enforcement agencies. Traditional compliance standards of server and bartender training, scrutiny of photo IDs and refusal of service among intoxicated patrons is now joined with state-specified conformity of to-go... Read More

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Inflation-Driven Adjustments to Civil Money Penalties for Tobacco-Selling Violations

Inflation affects an entire country s economy, from big purchases, including homes and cars; to daily expenditures, such as food and gasoline. Not immune are financial penalties for violating federal, state and local regulations. Known as Civil Money Penalties (CMPs) and managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), monetary fines issued against retailers in violation of federal tobacco regulations increased 17% in March. The current maximum amount by frequency of violation... Read More

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