News: Webinars & Video

  • Dec 9

    It’s the season for holiday hiring and to help avoid legal or financial quagmires, we have some employer do’s and don’ts in our latest TRA News Now. If you need help, remember that TRA has many resources available to you – legal counsel as well as a...

  • Nov 9

    This week we focus on “local” -- because local rules and regulations can sometimes be burdensome. Learn about various issues affecting the industry throughout Texas and how TRA is advocating for you. If you have a local issue you’re concerned about...

  • Oct 20

    In less than 60 days, the new federal overtime regulations will be in effect. If you don’t already have a plan in place, now is the time to bring yourself up to speed. Watch this TRA News Now video to learn the new rules, and work with your Human...

  • Oct 3
    Workers compensation

    Workers’ Compensation Insurance is a state-regulated insurance policy devised to compensate workers who have become injured on the job or contract a work-related illness. The policy is also designed to cover an employer’s potential liability arising...

  • Sep 20
    emv chip cards

    EMV or chip card technology, long used in Europe, makes it harder for criminals to produce counterfeit credit and debit cards. EMV chip technology is becoming the global standard for credit card and debit card payments. Chip-enabled cards are...

  • Sep 7
    Dram Shop liability

    Alcohol beverage providers can be liable for damages in a civil suit if it’s proven that the provider sold or served alcohol and it was apparent to the provide that the person was ‘obviously intoxicated’ to the extent he presented a clear danger to...

  • Aug 24
    Austin restaurant recycling

    Beginning Oct. 1, 2016 the very largest restaurants (>15,000 square feet) will be required to establish an organics diversion program. By Oct. 2017, restaurants greater than 5,000 square feet are subject to the requirement, and by Oct. 1, 2018...

  • 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...