News You Need to Know in Two Minutes
PLEASE WATCH: Responsible Beverage Service program, required by law, is ready for your servers
May 16, 2022
The Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) program is now being
offered by the CRA. The training is required under new California
law. In this week’s video, Sabrina tells us the value of the
training and all it provides, including teaching alcohol servers
how alcohol influences behavior, and how to identify signs of
The CRA is leading California restaurants from the Sacramento
Valley, Central Valley, Bay Area, Central Coast, and from all
over Southern California to Washington, D.C. this week for the
National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference. You
can guess what our top issue is: speaking up for the thousands of
qualified applicants in California who got left behind when the
Restaurant Revitalization Fund ran out of dollars. The House of
Representatives has voted to replenish the fund; now, it’s up to
As CRA members know, the notorious law known as PAGA is being
fought on at least two fronts: the effort toward a ballot
initiative in California that CRA is helping to lead, and a case
currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. So, what will the ruling
mean for California restaurants? Sabrina breaks it all down in
this week’s News You Need to Know, and tells us all the reasons
why our ballot initiative will still be needed.
As COVID cases have declined dramatically in California, many mask and vaccine mandates have been eased. At the same time, many consumers prefer to take their meals to go, or have them delivered. Yet, when the state allowed alcohol to be sent out with meals delivered by delivery apps, there was a key thing missing from the legislation: cocktails. Sabrina tells us more about why, and about SB 846, which aims to fix that.
The CRA has had early success in our work to elevate the issue of California’s massive debt that resulted from an enormous spike in unemployment payments during the COVID pandemic, but what happens next? Will state lawmakers agree with Governor Newsom that the state should begin to pay down that debt? Sabrina explains why this fight is critical to minimizing the threat of future employer assessments.
Getting an initiative qualified for the ballot – and then passed
by the voters – are no small tasks, but we think voters would
agree: the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) isn’t doing what
was intended, and it’s hurting a lot of people.
AB 257, a bill that creates an unelected “government council” made up of political appointees, has passed in the State Assembly, barely receiving the number of votes it needed to move forward. If you haven’t already visited our website, https://notakeouttakeover.com/, take a moment to do so today. There, you can help make your voice heard about this bill, which targets California’s restaurants with an untold amount of new regulation. It would leave elected lawmakers with little say – if any – on new labor regulation passed by the council.
If you’re a restaurant that qualified for a Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant but didn’t get one, you’re not alone. That’s true for tens of thousands of restaurants in California and hundreds of thousands around the country. And, not surprisingly, new data shows that those who were left out of getting help from that fund are struggling, especially because of the current impacts of the omicron variant of COVID-19. You can get a clearer picture of the situation by watching Sabrina’s video, but be sure to click here to tell Congress to replenish the RRF.
Last summer, we helped defeat AB 257, the bill that aims to
create an entirely new government entity, a “government council”
made up of unelected, unaccountable political appointees. This
council would have the authority to make labor law for
counter-service restaurants with more than 30 locations
nationwide, but proponents of this idea have already said that if
they are successful, they will expand the law throughout the
restaurant industry and to other industries as well.
At the CRA’s urging, Governor Newsom has proposed tax fairness
for restaurants who received grants from the federal government’s
Restaurant Revitalization Fund, along with a partial paydown of
the state’s unemployment insurance (UI) debt. Neither of these
measures will be official until the state legislature passes the
governor’s budget proposal.