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Oct 04, 2022

Crafting a Solution: New Jersey Lawmaker Takes Steps to Roll Back New Brewery Restrictions

On July 1, 2022, the New Jersey Division of Alcohol Beverage Control (“ABC”) issued an updated special ruling implementing new craft brewery regulations that were first issued in 2019. The initial 2019 rollout faced significant objections by New Jersey Brewers, requiring the ABC to go back to the drawing board and review them prior to implementation. » Read More

Aug 11, 2022

A Tip Sheet about Tips: What Employers Need to Know About the New Tipping Regulations in Pennsylvania

As a result of increased focus on employee rights and safeguards, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently implemented new wage and hour regulations under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act. These new regulations, which became immediately effective on August 5, 2022, make significant changes for employees who receive tips or service charges. » Read More

Jul 16, 2020

“I Thought Groundhog Day Was in February?” Pennsylvania Governor Rewinds Clock Restricting the Operations of Bars and Restaurants to Mitigate the Spread of the Coronavirus

On July 15, 2020, Governor Wolf announced new statewide mitigation efforts in response to the recent increase in coronavirus cases in the western part of the state. While these mitigation efforts were described as “surgical and targeted,” these new executive regulations affect all operations of bars and restaurants throughout the Commonwealth, despite, as recent as last week, the Governor announced that he would be leaving it up to the local governments to determine any further restrictions. » Read More

Mar 16, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Pennsylvania Food and Beverage Businesses

This blog post will contain the latest updates for restaurant, bar, hotel, tavern, brewery, winery, and distillery licensees related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Pennsylvania (Latest Update: April 20, 2020, 3:45 PM). Below the updates, we included some compliance tips to think about if you choose to or are forced to close your food or beverage business. » Read More

Jun 18, 2019

Skill Games a Real Gamble

With the recent closing of the purchase of the Sands Casino in Bethlehem by Wind Creek Hospitality for $1.3 billion, the question of the legality of video “games of skill” remains a focus and a hot topic within the Commonwealth. Many of these games are a significant source of income for many businesses, including liquor license establishments, which have been allowing them on their licensed premises since a 2014 decision in Beaver County that ruled that a video game machine manufactured by Pace-O-Matic was not a “gambling device per se.” » Read More