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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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National Restaurant Association Serves up Safe Alcohol Practices; Plus, ID Under 35

The National Restaurant Association is in the business of much more than just serving food. Together with ServSafe, the two outfits established the ServSafe Dining Commitment in 2020, to showcase devotion to the health and safety of restaurant employees and patrons. At its core, the program is designed to stay on top of ever-changing regulatory requirements for each state. And as customers return to pre-pandemic patterns of life, including dining out, it s the program... Read More

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State of the Industry: Marijuana Laws Regulations Vary by State, Public Opinion

Though it remains illegal at the federal level, a sweeping majority of U.S. states and territories have legalized marijuana for adult recreational-use and/or medicinal usage with qualifying criteria. Last year, the recreational cannabis market hit nearly $15 billion; 1 by some accounts, that industry is on target to surpass $40 billion in revenue by 2026. 2 As for the global medical cannabis market, it reached a value of $26.1 billion in 2021. 3 Marijuana by... Read More

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Digital IDs Coming Soon to a State Near you

Advances in smartphone technology continue to alter traditional ways of life. From our phones, we make retail purchases, cue our home thermostats and prioritize our days. Adding to surmounting smartphone capabilities, nearly a quarter of all 50 states now allow digital proof of identity, age and address, wherever physical driver licenses and other state-issued IDs are required. Louisiana stakes its claim as the first state to develop and deploy digital state-issued drivers licenses with the... Read More

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Train Employees to Protect Your Establishment

Finding qualified employees to fill positions at the front of the house, back of the house and everywhere in between is a conundrum plaguing bars and restaurants at present time. As the proverbial door revolves back and forth, the National Restaurant Association reports slow Q1 job-growth right alongside elevated hires and increased departures during the same period of time. Put simply, a sizable number of employees are leaving a job at one restaurant only to... Read More

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New Normal: Training Requirements for State Liquor Laws & Regulations

When it comes to serving alcohol, training requirements are anything but consistent across state lines. Several states require training and proof of completion; others make training completely voluntary; and yet some have no requirements whatsoever. California is one state that requires training. It s Responsible Beverage Service Training was recently amended to mandate that the state s estimated 1M servers take and complete valid training by August 2022; all future hires must complete the training... Read More

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Modern-day Practices set to Reimagine the Alcohol Beverage Industry

From travel and tourism, to healthcare and entertainment, entire industries continue to grapple with unforeseen circumstances brought upon by the Covid-19 Pandemic. The alcohol beverage sector, historically thought to largely be resilient in times of economic downturns, faces its own set of obstacles; as do restaurants and retail outlets where beer, wine and spirits are sold and tapped: businesses are shuttered, employees are hard to find, consumers buying and consumption habits have changed, and so... Read More

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2022 Brings New Laws out of the Smoke

With each calendar year, new state laws are introduced and/or adjustments are made to existing ones; 2022 is no different. With an eye on tobacco- and e-cigarette-specific regulations, The BARS Program has rounded up state and county-specific changes set to take shape this year as part of the nation s ongoing fight against underage tobacco-use. In Illinois, the newly minted Preventing Youth Vaping Act heightens restrictions and penalties on e-cigarettes by allowing state law enforcement... Read More

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