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New SLA Commissioner Confirmed

The New York State Senate confirmed Lily M. Fan as a new Commissioner of the New York State Liquor Authority just prior to recessing their legislative session in June. Commissioner Fan joins Chairman Bradley and Commissioner Ford as Members of the State Liquor Authority filling all three seats on the Full Board for the first…
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Tip Credit Update

The State Department of Labor completed its final public hearing on eliminating the tip credit at the end of June. So what happens next? We wait…there is no timetable on the decision and no formal process to make a decision. Unlike an actual proposal to change a regulation which has a regimented process, this is…
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Fake News

Two recent news stories have caused a bit of a kerfuffle with business owners due to bad information being put forward, but in these cases the fault lies with the group pushing out the stories. One story floating around is that a bill passed by the legislature this year will raise the minimum age of…
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Celebrities and union activists claim they know what’s best for restaurant workers.

Celebrities and union activists claim they know what’s best for restaurant workers. They demand that government raise minimum wages so waiters don’t rely on tips. But lots of restaurant workers say, “we don’t want your stupid law!” pic.twitter.com/0FykBF11wq
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CARIBBEAT: Future of Carib restaurants – and workers – looks dim without tipped-wage credits, say owners and advocates – NY Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-caribbeat-tipped-wage-restaurants-20180728-story.html
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San Francisco approves measure to ban plastic straws

https://nypost.com/2018/07/24/san-francisco-approves-measure-to-ban-plastic-straws
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recent news article clarifying impact of S.9040 (craft beverage tastings legislation)

https://www.newyorkupstate.com/news/2018/07/that_law_raising_new_yorks_age_for_serving_alcohol_its_not_going_to_happen.html
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Statement from Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo & Senator Patrick Gallivan

“This piece of legislation only applies to tax exemptions on tastings from New York producers at their premises. This would in no way impact who can serve alcohol for on-premise retailers such as bars and restaurants. We have been working on providing tax relief to promote NY products over the last couple of years. During…
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News Story on Proposed Change to Law Causes Confusion

A news story about a proposed change to the state Tax Law is causing confusion about the legal age of alcohol servers. A provision in a bill to make samples of alcohol provided at wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries exempt from sales tax was intended to require servers of such samples to be at least…
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Final Tip Credit Hearing Moved

The Department of Labor’s final hearing on eliminating the tip credit has been moved from a location in the Bronx to Manhattan due to the overwhelming response. The final hospitality industry tip credit hearing is still being held on Wednesday, June 27th but it’s being held at: Assembly Hall Hunter College 695 Park Avenue (at 68th…
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Tip Credit Hearings Continue

The State Labor Department’s hearings on eliminating the tip credit continued over the past month. Hearings in Watertown, Syracuse, Buffalo and Albany had a common theme – a large turnout of restaurant servers and owners opposed to any changes in the tip credit with a few advocates for eliminating the tip credit at each hearing,…
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