CHICAGO RESTAURANTS WIN MAYOR’S SUPPORT FOR KEEPING A TIP CREDIT

But the wage-hike plan from Lori Lightfoot would raise the city’s minimum pay to $15 an hour by July 2021. Source: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/ By Peter Romeo Nov. 14, 2019 Chicago’s full-service restaurants notched a victory yesterday when Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a wage-hike plan that preserves the tip credit. Her proposal calls for raising the wage…

Nearly half of states slated to increase minimum wage

Hikes scheduled as $15 an hour federal proposal stalls in Congress Source: https://www.nrn.com/ Ron Ruggless Nov 12, 2019 Nearly half the states will be imposing higher minimum wage rates effective New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, with an increasing number of increases baked into earlier enacted graduated hikes or linked to economic indexes. With…

INSIDE LICENSING: CREATE A BUZZ WITH MUSIC

There’s only one thing better than a cold beer and spending a leisurely afternoon in a taproom with friends enjoying craft brews, and that’s having music in the background. Better yet, live musicians playing for the crowd. Music is used by businesses everywhere because it creates an atmosphere that encourages customers to relax and enjoy…

Butler Takes Action to Curb ‘Sweepstakes’ Machines

Rep. Tim Butler has filed legislation in the House to bring so-called “sweepstakes” machines under Illinois’ video gaming laws. By IL House, Patch Contributor Oct 29, 2019 1:03 pm CT | Updated Nov 5, 2019 9:25 am CT SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) has filed legislation in the House to bring so-called “sweepstakes” machines under Illinois’…

Tipping point: Hike not to full $15 an hour

Lightfoot proposes minimum wage boost for tipped workers’ pay Chicago Tribune 14 Nov 2019 BY ALEXIA ELEJALDE-RUIZ AND JOHN BYRNE The Illinois Restaurant Association hailed the mayor’s plan. Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled a plan Wednesday to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021 and raise — but not eliminate — the subminimum…

ABL Celebrates 10th Annual Package Liquor Store Month This November

ABL Celebrates 10th Annual Package Liquor Store Month This November Annual Celebration Recognizes the Role Independent Off-Premise Retailers Have in Job Creation, Product Accessibility & Responsible Policies BETHESDA, MD – OCTOBER 31, 2019 – This November, American Beverage Licensees (ABL) and independent licensed beverage retailers nationwide will join together to celebrate the 10th Annual…

Molson Coors shifting North American HQ to Chicago

The company also plans to cut 400 to 500 jobs as new CEO Gavin Hattersley faces declining or flat sales of refrigerator staples like Miller Lite and Coors Light. Chicago is gaining another corporate headquarters. New Molson Coors CEO Gavin Hattersley announced broad corporate changes today, planning to eliminate 400 to 500 corporate jobs in…

Ill. Liquor Distributor To Pay $950K To Settle EEOC Probe

Source: https://www.law360.com/ By Celeste Bott October 23, 2019 An Illinois liquor distributor has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation that found the company discriminated against sales employees based on race or national origin, the agency said Wednesday. Under the settlement, Breakthru Beverage Illinois LLC will pay…

Joint Statement by International Beverage Alcohol Associations in Response to U.S. Tariffs Imposed Today on Certain EU Distilled Spirits & Wines

Joint Statement by International Beverage Alcohol Associations in Response to U.S. Tariffs Imposed Today on Certain EU Distilled Spirits & Wines We are united in our opposition to the imposition of tariffs and clear in our view that there are no winners in a trade war.  Our 15 international beverage alcohol associations today sent…