Impacts of elimination of tip credit in DC debated

Only seven states and one territory require that tipped workers receive the same minimum wage as other workers: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington State, and Guam.  Other states allow what is called a “tip credit” against the minimum wage, i.e., their tips are considered part of their wage for purposes of minimum wage.  Needless to say, the District of Columbia has not been one of those states. However, in June 2018, DC voters passed an initiative raising the minimum wage of tipped workers to $15.  Continue reading

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Zoning and Breweries

Zoning is one of the stickiest issues I run into when it comes to new businesses, but particularly those businesses which fall into the “industrial use” category, as breweries often do.  Not only will zoning determine whether the business is an “allowed use” in a particular location, but even if it is an allowed use, zoning regulations may also specify the extent of activities that are allowed.   Moreover, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will require a form that shows your use is allowed.   Continue reading

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Uber and Lyft drivers allowed to drink alcoholic beverages but less under new law.

Ride share drivers like Uber and Lyft were allowed by California law to drive with the same amount of alcohol in their bloodstreams as non-commercial drivers, i.e., 0.08 percent.  Under a new law that went into effect on July 1, 2018, that bloodstream tolerance limit has been reduced to 0.04%. Continue reading

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D.C.’s War Over Restaurant Tips Will Soon Go National – CityLab

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California brewery license types

There are four basic brewery licenses in California.   The descriptions of brewery license types below are straight from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).  Continue reading

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Protect yourself against website lawsuits

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) lawsuits have spread to businesses’ websites.  I call these lawsuits “grey law” litigation because they are extensions of a law into areas which were they were not really designed to go.  As a result they are grossly unfair.  Moreover, the lawsuits seem focused more on extracting monetary settlement from threat of the cost of litigation rather than whether the claims have merit; or as one court phrased it, “by dint of nuisance and threat of expense” rather than by “threat of victory.”  Continue reading

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Does Selling Growlers Leave Customers Susceptible to Open Container Violation?

Multiple Beer Growlers

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Growlers:  Branding them can make for great marketing.  Holding events around them can develop a loyal customer base.  For smaller breweries, they can be the only cost-effective way to allow your established customers to share your drink with others.  These re-fillable containers can be one of the most useful tools for breweries of all sizes.  But their prevalence forces the question, doesn’t sending customers to their vehicles with readily openable containers filled with beer open them up to open container violations? Continue reading

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