Encourage outdoor drinking …

Scientific evidence seems to support that drinking outside is more enjoyable then drinking indoors. Given this knowledge you might want to step up your work on an outside deck for your establishment.

In our courses we talk about how you can keep these areas safe and ensure a great experience. To learn more about the scientific basis for drinking outside read the following article:

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Drug Impairment and Consequences

With laws for cannabis becoming more relaxed and various other drug use prevalent in society alcohol sellers and servers need to understand the risks for themselves and their customers. In our courses we talk about poly-impairments which are a combination of various drugs possibly including alcohol.

Canada has taken some steps to reduce drug-impaired driving and they posted some information we thought our alcohol sellers and servers might want to know about. Click the following link to read more about this:


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Eubank becomes head of Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission

Des Moines businesswoman Rachel Eubank became Chairperson of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission. She succeeds Boone businessman Gary Nystrom and will serve one year as Chairperson as told to ServingAlcohol.com

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead this important commission,” said Eubank. “I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners and the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division on important public policy issues impacting Iowa’s alcoholic beverages marketplace.”

During her time as Chairperson, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission will be reviewing the Iowa liquor wholesale model and making recommendations to the Iowa legislature on how the model can be improved.

Eubank, a Des Moines native, is president of Sticks, Inc., a manufacturer of handmade home accessories and furniture. She was appointed to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission by former Governor Terry E. Branstad and began her first term on May 1, 2015. She is eligible for a second five-year term.

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission partners with the administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division to provide insight and advice regarding public policy and business decisions. Commissioners are appointed by the governor and must be approved by the Iowa Senate. Commissioners serve five-year terms with the possibility of being reappointed for a second, five-year term.

Source: Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division

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Department of Labor Rescinds 80-20 Rule for Tipped Workers

Many of our customers and the businesses using our training will be affected by this ruling and we want to make sure they know about it. We urge employers to be fair and to be open in discussing issues like these with their employees.

Source: Berman Co
By Jamey Bowers
November 11, 2018

The DOL issued an opinion letter on Thursday that eliminates the so-called 80-20 rule when it comes to paying tipped workers for non-tipped job responsibilities. The 80-20 rule said that if a tipped worker spends more than 20 percent of their time doing non-tipped work like folding napkins, or refilling salt shakers, they were required to be paid the full minimum wage for those duties. The new letter restores 2009 guidance which does not limit non-tipped work, “so long as they are performed contemporaneously with” tipped tasks.

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State-by-State Minimum Wage Updates for 2019 and Beyond

Thursday, December 20, 2018

In 2019, a number of states’ minimum wage rates will increase. The link below is to a chart that summarizes the rates that will increase for certain states (and several localities) at any time during 2019, including all state changes that will become effective next year.

Minimum Wage Increases for 2019

The federal minimum wage will remain at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees.

The following link is to a chart which lists the minimum wage increases for 2019 (and future years if available), along with the related changes in the maximum tip credit and minimum cash wage for tipped employees.


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