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New Law Establishes Additional Consumer Protections for Gift Cards

A new law increases the minimum time before gift cards can be charged a user fee, places additional restrictions on those fees and expands the expiration dates of gift cards in order to protect consumers. Under this new law, the time period before fees can be charged to unused gift card balances has been increased…

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Banquet Workers Take Wage Fight to Court

A Rochester law firm has filed suit against numerous local restaurant and banquet facilities on behalf of local workers who claim they were not properly paid tips. At the core of these disputes is the charge that the businesses added “service charges” to their customers’ bills but did not pass along all of the fees…

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‘Brunch bill’ hits the spot with Sunday morning zest

By Jay Tokasz | News Staff Reporter | Google+on September 18, 2016 – 5:46 PM, updated September 18, 2016 at 8:35 PM Buffalo News  The orange juice at Trattoria Aroma had an extra zing to it Sunday morning. The popular brunch destination on Bryant Avenue in Buffalo celebrated the adoption of the state’s new alcohol law with a mimosa toast at…

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Carbon Monoxide Alarms Now Required

The state legislature enacted a requirement that commercial establishments, including restaurants, install carbon monoxide detectors. You may remember we reported last year that we had successfully negotiated a one year delay in that requirement – well that year is up and the requirement is now in place. This requirement applies to existing and new businesses…

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ESRTA Workers Compensation Group Declares Dividend for 22nd Consecutive Year

The Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association and the Risk Management Planning Group, (RMPG) are pleased to announce that another successful year of discounts and dividends have been declared. Members who participated in the September 30, 2014 – 2015 policy year and who qualify, will receive a 30% dividend which will be distributed to you shortly and…

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