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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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Paid Family Leave Law Takes Effect January 1st

New York’s Paid Family Leave Law launches on January 1, 2018. The law provides a means by which employees can: bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child care for a family member with a serious health condition assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service Paid family…
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NYS Gaming Commission to Study Prevalence of Underage Gambling

The New York Gaming Commission is about to begin a year-long field assessment of how well casinos, racinos, race tracks and lottery outlets are fulfilling their legal responsibility to prevent underage gambling. Starting in mid-December and continuing through much of 2018, supervised minors working for an independent contractor hired by the Commission will enter gaming…
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We’re Moving

The Association offices will be relocating to 150 State Street in Albany over the Christmas – New Year’s week. Our phone and email contact information remains the same. Please bear with us during the transition.
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Campaign Against Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Continues

Our efforts to combat the monopolistic practices by wine and liquor wholesalers entered a new stage last month. In addition to our existing campaign to obtain the right for on-premises retailers to purchase wine and spirits from liquor stores, the Association has asked the State Liquor Authority to investigate the practices of wholesalers to charge…
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Department of Labor Proposes New Scheduling Rules

The State Department of Labor has proposed new scheduling rules for employers covered by the Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations Minimum Wage Order which will dramatically increase employer costs for last minute schedule changes and make it much harder to run a business. Employers covered by this Wage Order include general merchandise retailers (Walmart, Target, etc.),…
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SLA Considers Removing Limit on Split Case Charges

The State Liquor Authority has published a proposed change to the price posting regulations that will eliminate the “split case” charge of $1.92 per case and will allow wine and spirits wholesalers to charge whatever fee they want for ordering less than a full case of a product. The Liquor Authority’s stated reason for revising…
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SLA Seminar Fall Schedule Released

Our acclaimed ABC Law/ATAP seminars return after a hiatus for the summer. We’re hosting these free seminars in Binghamton, Buffalo, Syracuse, Tarrytown and Utica over the next two months. Thanks to funding provided by Anheuser Bush, Brown Forman, Constellation Brands, Empire Merchants North, Heineken, Miller Coors and Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits this valuable information…
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SLA and DMV Continue College Community Enforcement Focus

Governor Cuomo recently announced the continuation of the state’s targeted enforcement efforts in New York’s college communities. The enforcement activity, which was set to re-start as students return for the fall semester, will conduct sweeps of bars, restaurants, liquor stores and convenience/grocery stores looking for fake IDs and illegal sales to minors. The new round…
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New Member Benefits Unveiled

In order to fulfill our commitment to help improve our members’ profitability we seek partners who are able to help serve that objective – which is why we have chosen to partner with Service That Sells! Service That Sells! powered by Ready Training Online is the restaurant industry’s leading provider of service, sales, and management…
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