Tips and tip pools, + changes proposed to the way ballot measures are named, qualified

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Tue, May 02, 2023


The mission of the California Restaurant Association is to be the definitive voice of the California foodservice industry.

Tips and Tip Pools in California

The practice of tipping is a hot topic in the restaurant community, as tipping is becoming an option in more and more establishments. In this detailed overview, CRA legal partner Anthony Zaller writes about everything from who may participate in a tip pool, to how service charges relate to the discussion around tipping.

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Court casts doubt on electrification ordinance

Residential users of gas stoves have been closely watching the CRA’s lawsuit against the city of Berkeley over its ban on natural gas. In some cities, they have been asking elected officials to reconsider gas bans that were inspired by Berkeley’s.

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38th Annual Gold Medallion Title Sponsor: Rincon Tribe

Rincon Tribe is a sovereign government recognized by the United States. The Tribe owns Harrah’s Resort SoCal and uses profits from this and other commercial enterprises to provide government services.

Rincon’s tribal enterprises are significant contributors to the San Diego County economy through job creation, purchase of local products and services and charitable donations.

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2023 Best of the Valley Restaurant Awards

You’re invited to attend the 30th Annual Best of the Valley Restaurant Awards. Join the Fresno Chapter in honoring the Larocca Family with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

DoubleTree by Hilton Fresno
2233 Ventura St., Fresno, CA 93721

Date + Time
Monday, May 22nd – Doors open at 5:00 PM

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You may have team members who are losing MediCal coverage this year due to a federally-mandated eligibility review

Our free service helps your team members find individual and family health insurance plans that work for them, with no employer commitment or contribution.

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Post materials in your staff areas so your team doesn’t go without coverage.

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CRA News

You’re Invited: CRA Legal Center Webinar with Berliner Cohen: The Do’s and Don’ts of Arbitration Agreements

May 10, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Join Christine Long with CRA Legal Center Partner Berliner Cohen as she reviews the current California laws around employment arbitration agreements. Including:

  • The current status of the law
  • Valid and lawful language and terms that may and may not be included in agreements
  • How to roll out agreements to existing employees
  • How to update existing arbitration agreements

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Updated Industry Insight: Retention period requirements for preservation of records

Are you aware of the record-retention requirements for sales and use tax, federal and state income tax, federal and state employment tax, and federal and state requirements for various other employment related records?

CRA members get exclusive access to these resources. Please log in to view the Industry Insight by CRA Legal partner Zaller Law Group.

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Reminder: CRA Members receive 15 minutes of free legal advice per month. To schedule a call with one of our legal partners, please call 800.765.4842 ext. 2743 or email


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Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin is a full-service AV-rated trial firm representing small, medium, and Fortune 100 companies. Client focused with proven results and unparalleled experience serving the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Thank you for being a sponsor of the 38th Annual Gold Medallion!

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The TriMark West team stands ready to assist your foodservice business needs

TriMark strives to partner with our hospitality customers over the long term by providing everything from day-to-day supplies to beautiful tabletop design.

Thank you for being a sponsor of the 38th Annual Gold Medallion!

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Event Calendar

MAY 10

8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

2023 Annual OC Chapter Golf Tournament

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MAY 11

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

LA Chapter Membership Mixer

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MAY 23

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sacramento: ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification(IN-PERSON)

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MAY 24

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

CRA Marketplace Partner Webinar with Workstream: Learn how to attract loyal hourly workers by diversifying your sourcing strategy

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Welcome to our newest members!

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Welcome to our allied members!

Central Valley Services, LLC dba Filta Environmental – Central Valley | Foothill Fire Protection | SeQuential Environmental Services | Step Ahead Solutions | Bill Main & Associates | | Dynamicard, Inc. dba Dynamicard Plastic Postcards