Hospitality News December 20, 2017

December 20, 2017


January 10: Blue Ribbon Legislative Reception, Registration Open


Holiday Greetings

Season’s Greetings to all of you!  Hospitality News is taking some time off, we’ll see you again the first week in 2018.



NLRB Overturns Ruling On Jointly Employed Workers

There is some news that will come as a relief for businesses that are tied to franchises or use outside contractors to help get work done. The National Labor Relations Board is going back to a more common-sense idea of what it means to be a joint employer. Being considered a joint employer means your business can be held liable if an outside company you've hired breaks labor laws. Though traditionally to be considered a joint employer you'd have to exercise direct control over workers, in 2015 that standard was dramatically changed to say that even if you have indirect or unexercised control over workers you could still be held liable. That opened up all kinds of ways that businesses might be unfairly sued. The National Labor Relations Board overturned a 2015 ruling that potentially made it easier for contractors and workers at franchised businesses to form unions and collectively bargain with big corporations.  The National Restaurant Association, which feared the 2015 ruling threatened the franchisee model, hailed the board for its decision. Read this article for more information.


Tax Plan

We might be seeing a new Federal tax plan as early as today. Read how the tax bill would affect restaurants.


Commonly referred to as the most popular reception of the season among legislators, the CRA Blue Ribbon Reception always draws a large crowd. Restaurants are a powerful economic force, yet legislators and special interest groups introduce dozens of bills and regulations each year that could hurt the ability of restaurants to stay open. Join us at our annual CRA Blue Ribbon Legislative Reception to kick off the 2018 legislative session and show our state legislators the full force of our industry! Register Today!

Blue Ribbon Reception
Wednesday, January 10 6:00 – 8:00 pm
History Colorado Museum 1200 Broadway Denver, CO 80203

Want to engage in another way?  We are actively recruiting restaurants to participate in this year’s event.  Participating restaurants must be able to provide 250 tastes, your own serving and cooking equipment and staff. If you are interested in participating, please complete this form.  Any questions, contact Nicolle Montgomery at (303) 830-2972 or


+ On the Fly - December Edition

+ Minimum Wage for 2018

+ CO2 Requirements in Denver

+ Pregnancy Accommodation

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December 25-26: CRA Offices Closed

January 1-2: CRA Offices Closed

January 10: Annual Membership Meeting

January 10: Blue Ribbon Legislative Reception

January 28: Drink Red Wear Red



January 8: ServSafe Manager Certification - Gunbarrel

January 22: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Denver

January 23: ServSafe Alcohol Certification – Denver

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