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New York Cracks Down on Service Animal Fraud

A new law makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly affix to any dog any false or improper tag identifying the dog as a guide, service, therapy or hearing dog. While this law is helpful in dealing with fraudsters, it does not broaden the scope of permissible questions businesses and their employees may ask…

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SLA Chooses Not to Remove Split Case Charge Regulation

This past Fall we reported to you that the State Liquor Authority was considering amending several of their rules and regulations, including the regulation that limits the amount a wholesaler can charge you for “splitting a case” of liquor. The current regulation limits the charge to $1.92 per case (pro-rated per bottle) although current practice…

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Some restaurant workers say they’d lose money if Cuomo changes tip system

By Samantha Christmann | Published 8:47 a.m. January 8, 2018 | Updated 2 hours ago Buffalo News  Tara Hark has worked other jobs – in customer service at a bank and as a preschool teacher – but she always finds her way back to tending bar. The money is good enough that she’s able to work shorter hours, which allows her…

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Changes to servers’ wages could hurt restaurants in New York state

By Liz Young  –  Reporter, Albany Business Review Dec 20, 2017, 2:23pm Albany Business Review  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has alarmed restaurant owners as he calls for New York to look at eliminating tipped wages in his upcoming State of the State address. Restaurants could eliminate tipping, and some may close, if a change is made to the way servers’ wages…

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STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY ISSUES $3.5 MILLION DOLLAR CIVIL PENALTY AGAINST WHOLESALE GIANT

Levels Largest Civil Penalty in Agency History, and one of the Largest Civil Penalties of any State Liquor Administrative Agency Against Wholesaler Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits Responsible for Engaging in “Pay-to-Play” Illegal Gifts and Services to Favored Businesses, Inaccurate & Inadequate Recordkeeping, and Discriminatory Sales Southern Glazer and SLA Entering into First-Ever Corporate Compliance…

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Minimum Wage Hike Takes Effect December 31st

The minimum wage is increasing again as part of the multi-year plan enacted in 2016. Along with the minimum wage increasing the allowances, credits and minimum weekly salary for employees to be exempt from the state overtime rule also increase whenever the minimum wage goes up (by the same percentage) so they’re increasing too. In…

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