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Minimum Wage Hike Takes Effect December 31st

The first of several annual increases implementing the minimum wage increase approved by the legislature earlier this year will take effect at the end of this month. Not only is the minimum wage increasing, but the allowances, credits and minimum weekly salary for employees to be exempt from the state overtime rule also increase whenever…

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Association Targets Liquor Pricing As 2017 Legislative Priority

In preparation for the new year the Association’s Board of Directors has decided to seek to address liquor pricing as its top legislative priority for 2017. This is the single biggest issue we hear about from you, and as difficult a fight as it may be, the Board decided to make it the Association’s priority…

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Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Sued for Fraudulent “Will Call” Activities

Albany bar and restaurant owner, Chris Pratt, has sued national liquor wholesaler, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Upstate New York, over fraudulent business practices occurring over seven years costing Pratt’s businesses tens of thousands of dollars. The Complaint filed in State Supreme Court in Albany County outlines how wine and liquor was allegedly sold…

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New Federal Overtime Rule Takes Effect December 1st

UPDATE: A federal judge in Texas has blocked the expansion of overtime rules described above which were to take effect on December 1 so they will not take effect as expected. We’ll update you on this as the lawsuit proceeds. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers pay eligible non-exempt employees an…

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Sunday Morning Permit Now Available

As we’ve previously reported, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Reforms adopted at the end of this year’s legislative session changed the hours of sale on Sunday morning to 10:00 am statewide and also included an option for on-premises licensees located outside of New York City to obtain a permit to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption…

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Where Do My BMI Music Licensing Dollars Really Go? (By Dan Spears- Vice President of Industry Relations and Licensing, BMI)

That question is frequently asked when business owners look into securing a BMI music license and the answer is quite simple.  All licensing fees, less BMI’s operating expenses, are paid directly to over 750,000 of its affiliates.  Currently, 88 cents of every dollar brought in from licensing fees is distributed to BMI songwriters, composers, and music publishers in…

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