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Temporary Liquor Laws See Prolonged Existence Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

States may have begun to ease Shelter-in-Place orders, but there are few signals that temporary liquor laws are anywhere close to fading. Passed in March and April, amendments to state liquor laws were established to encourage sales and keep establishments open without in-store and on-premise customers and dinners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, The BARS Program reported on liquor law amendments allowing alcohol to be delivered alongside food delivery in California, with similar practices... Read More

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Experience Proficiency with The BARS Program Partnerships and Compliance Platforms

Streamline your on-boarding processes for new employees, advance a manager s role and responsibilities, or retain/refresh an employee s knowledge with the help of two nationally recognized compliance and reinforcement companies. At The BARS Program, we re honored to share with you the platforms of our trusted partners, We Card and TiPS. We Card specializes in educational platforms for tobacco retail outlets. With three award-winning training courses offered for employees, managers and retraining, participants receive... Read More

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Maintaining the Strength of Compliance Practices

The spring of 2020, earmarked by a global pandemic and presidential campaign developments, won t soon be forgotten. At The BARS Program, we wonder if the spring of 2020 might also be remembered for a strong resurgence of government-back stings. When you partner with The BARS Program, resurgence or not, we ll work together to redirect current compliance training efforts and/or to establish new methodologies to decrease the likelihood of your business failing a sting.... Read More

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On-Demand Economy Adapts to Unique Challenges, Opportunities

Curbside pick-up and food delivery. Evermore proof of an on-demand economy, one where we can enjoy the flavors of our favorite restaurants without ever leaving our homes (or car, if we ve opted for curbside delivery), replenish our pantries without stepping foot in grocery stores, etc. The drive for on-demand brings consumer outlets unique challenges and opportunities. Take restaurants, for example. With stay-at-home orders in place around the country, many states have amended liquor laws... Read More

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Here to Stay: T21 Implementation and FDA Execution

As reported last month, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved legislation to change the legal age for purchasing tobacco and tobacco-related products to 21. The new federal minimum age applies to all retail establishments and persons, including military personnel; and includes tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and hookahs. Tobacco 21 Legislation (T21) was originally targeted for implementation in 2020, but was promptly enacted with the start of new year. Following an... Read More

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Make 'Under 35' Your Brand's Policy for Alcohol and Tobacco Purchases

Although 30 appears the norm, at The BARS Program, we encourage our clients to enact policy for proof of identification among customers under 35-years-old. A well-documented and consistently practiced compliance policy upholds a positive, non-offensive customer experience; as well as sets expectations among customers and employees, alike. When you have a clear and concise compliance policy in place, the practices detailed within it become a way of doing business and accurately following one s job... Read More

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FDA Enacts Age Change for Purchasing Tobacco, Allows Transition Period Among Retailers

In December 2019, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reported it would change the legal age for purchasing tobacco and tobacco-related products to 21 during the year 2020. In an FDA-issued statement earlier this month, the age change was enacted, but with an unspecified enforcement deadline. The FDA has granted a transition period among nationwide tobacco retailers by requiring compliance checks for customers under 18-years of age, while the organization determines an enforcement date.... Read More

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FDA Implements Ban on E-Cigarette Flavors, Promises of Enforcement Action

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues its investigation of health risks associated with vaping, on Jan. 2, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implemented a ban on the sale of fruity-flavored cartridges for e-cigarettes. 1 Companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution and/or sale of these now unauthorized products within 30 days of the ban-issue date risk FDA enforcement actions. 2 As for products containing menthol and tobacco flavors, the... Read More

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