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:
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.
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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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.