Bay Area restaurateurs sue California and counties to recover permit fees charged amid COVID-19

Source: https://www.timesheraldonline.com/ April 12, 2021 Restaurants in a handful of greater Bay Area counties have filed class-action lawsuits seeking refunds for liquor license and health permit fees assessed by the state and counties even though they were forced to shutter completely or operate at significantly lower capacity under COVID-19 public health orders. Restaurant owners in…

AAA: No Reliable Roadside Test for Marijuana Impairment

Source: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/ April 4, 2021 AAA is warning drivers of the harmful impact marijuana can have behind the wheel. Even though marijuana may now be legal here in New York, that doesn’t mean that driving under the influence of it is. AAA says that whether you smoke, vape, or take an edible, THC possesses a…

RESTAURANTS’ SALES ARE RETURNING, BUT NOT NECESSARILY THEIR WORKERS

Operators say hiring has become their top problem again, even with nearly 2 million former restaurant workers still out of a job. Source: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/ By Peter Romeo, Jonathan Maze and Patricia Cobe April 2, 2021 When the newest Winger’s opened in Bountiful, Utah, a few weeks ago, market conditions prompted the casual restaurant to stay…

The Future of Pump Payments

Credit/debit-card fraud liability shifts as the chip-card deadline nears By David Wilkinson on Mar. 29, 2021 ATLANTA — The mandated deadline for fuel retailers to switch to EMV chip readers at the pump is approaching fast. As it stands now, after April 16, fuel retailers—not card issuers such as Visa or Mastercard—will be footing the bill for card fraud…

Visa and Mastercard Delay Swipe Fee Increase for Another Year

Card networks step back under pressure from trade groups and lawmakers By Jackson Lewis on Mar. 16, 2021 CHICAGO — Visa and Mastercard are delaying plans to increase swipe fees until April 2022, according to the two companies. “Recognizing U.S. businesses are still facing many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Visa has decided to significantly modify its planned April 2021 business…

Hawaii: Senate passes bill lowering DUI threshold to 0.05

Source: https://www.westhawaiitoday.com/ March 10, 2021 A measure that would make Hawaii the second state in the nation to lower its blood-alcohol threshold for drunken driving to 0.05 is headed to the state House for consideration. Senate Bill 754 passed its third reading on the Senate floor Tuesday with 24 senators voting in favor of the…

ILBA INFORMATIONAL UPDATE March 11, 2021

Congress Passes $25B for Bar/Restaurant Relief in American Rescue Plan. The Legislation now goes to President Biden for his signature. President Biden is expected to sign the bill on Friday. This Legislation does not include the elimination of Tip Credits or a Federal $15.00 per hour minimum wage. General Assembly Bill Tracking: The ILBA is…