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What Restaurants and Other Retailers Should Know About California’s New Mandatory Sick Leave Law

Restaurants, wineries, breweries and other businesses in California may need to restructure their instituted sick leave policies following the passing of The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 and Assembly Bill No. 304 in 2015. California’s newly adopted law, which became effective in July 2015, makes employees of California businesses entitled to at least […]

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Digital Marketing Compliance In The Alcoholic Beverage Industry

For businesses, the advantage of using social media and digital marketing is obvious. In 2012, there were over 901 million monthly active Facebook users and over 465 million Twitter users. These social media sites, along with others such as Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, are now understood to be a useful tool amongst businesses hoping to influence […]

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Wine, Beer and Distilled Spirits Tastings at Your Local Grocery Store

Have you ever seen wine tastings being conducted at a local grocery store or beer samples being offered at a local package store? That is because off-sale alcoholic beverage retailers in the state of California may apply for a license allowing them to have “instructional tasting events” for consumers on their licensed premises “on the […]

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New Law Would Allow Distillers To Make Limited Retail Sales To Consumers During Tastings

Assembly Bill 1233, introduced in February 2015, proposes to allow distillers to make limited retail sales to consumers during authorized distilled spirits tastings. If passed, the proposed law, introduced by Assembly Members Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and Susan Eggman (D-Stockton), would amend California Business & Professions Code § 23363.1 to benefit regional California distilleries, allowing […]

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California Drought Brings Afloat New Legislation

On January 17, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency for California, due to the State experiencing what is “perhaps the worst drought that [it] has ever seen since records (began) about 100 years ago.”[1] As a part of this Proclamation, Brown mandated that water consumption be reduced by 20% by 2020, ordered […]