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  • Aug 23
    Health inspections and letter grades

    Many local health departments around the state have proposed posting letter grades in restaurant windows to reflect their health inspection score. While grades may initially appear useful to consumers, grading schemes unfortunately are not a...

  • Aug 10
    music licensing

    Performing rights organizations (PROs), such as BMI, SESAC, and others act as intermediaries between restaurants and songwriters to protect intellectual property and make licensing more cost-effective and convenient. Restaurants pay a fee to the...

  • Jul 13
    restaurant equipment

    Texas sales taxes geneally apply widely across many products and services, and it is one of the highest sales tax rates in the country. Becase restaurants are unique, involved in manufacturing, retail sales and services, taxes can become a pretty...

  • Jun 8

    On October 11, 2015 the new Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) went into effect. Some of the new significant changes in the TFER include: a new health inspection form and a 3-Tier risk designation; added definitions for bare hand contact, Time/...

  • May 25

    The Texas Department of Agriculture has recently begun to conduct random inspections on businesses that use commercial scales. In particular, the TDA has focused much attention and resources on the restaurant industry. So, if you are a BBQ...

  • May 11

    New federal overtime regulations have been proposed and are currently under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The proposed overtime rule for non-exempt employees will take the salary requirement to $970/week ($50,440/year) from...

  • Apr 27

    Learn what you need to do if you are faced with an ADA lawsuit.

  • Apr 13

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the Hazard Communication Standards (HCS) pertaining to properly labeling hazardous chemicals. Employers must update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication programs as...

  • Mar 23

    At the end of 2015 Congress passed a budget bill that included many tax provisions benefiting restaurant owners. Watch this 2 minute video to learn what tax breaks are available for your restaurant.

  • Mar 9

    This episode of TRA News Now focuses on the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, Department of Labor enforcement and what restaurants need to do to comply with the regulations, and how to prepare for an audit.

  • Feb 23

    In October 2015, the Texas Department of State Health Services approved a regulation requiring statewide food handler certification as part of the new Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER). The statewide food handler mandate is effective September 1...