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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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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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