Hospitality News January 30, 2019January 30, 2019

Ban the Box, Colorado Restaurant + Bar Show returns, Culinary Quick Start Hiring Event, and More!

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Legislative Update – Ban the Box Update

This week, a bill on the timing of an inquiry into a job applicant’s criminal history passed out of the House Judiciary Committee in Colorado. House Bill 1025 is one of the most moderate versions of this legislation that has been introduced in the country and significantly pared down compared to previous versions that have been introduced in Colorado. This bill, if passed, would do two things. First, it would not allow an employer to state on a job posting that persons with a criminal history may not apply for the position. Second, it would not allow an employer to require disclosure of criminal history on an application form.

Because of the hard work the business community, including the CRA, has done with the sponsors over the last several years, this bill still allows an employer to perform a background check on job candidates at any point in the hiring process, still allows an employer to ask (just not on the initial application form) about a job applicants criminal history, and the sponsors have removed the private right of action that has existed in previous versions of this legislation. Because the sponsors have taken into account the concerns of the CRA and other business groups, the CRA is currently neutral on the bill and will monitor it closely as it moves through the legislative process.


See the latest Legislative Update on our website


Save-the-Date for the Colorado Restaurant & Bar Show!

The 2019 Colorado Restaurant & Bar Show is scheduled this fall - September 17-18, 2019 at the Colorado Convention Center! We are deep into the planning for the show and we want your input! Please share your thoughts regarding potential keynote and session speakers/topics.  To sweeten the pot, you could win a $25 Amazon gift card as our thanks for participating!


Stay tuned…We will be sending out more information about the Show soon! 


Culinary Quick Start – Hiring event TONIGHT!

Together, the CRA and Emily Griffith Technical College are working to provide CRA members staffing support through the Culinary Quick Start program, AND WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT. Culinary Quick Start is a fast-track training program that prepares students to enter restaurants as qualified prep or line cooks. This 4-week program teaches knife skills and cooking fundamentals AND students graduate ServSafe Food Safety certified! Following each 4-week course, CRA members can attend the next job fair to meet/hire these graduates who WANT TO WORK. Join us at the Hiring Fair TODAY, January 30, (5:00-7:00 pm) to find your next culinary staff!


OSHA’s Proposed Rulemaking and Recordkeeping Checklist

To meet OSHA’s requirements, many employers with more than 10 employees must keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. For this reason, our friends at Pinnacol is updating you on a recent final rule by OSHA and providing a handy, brief checklist to guide your organization’s injury and illness recordkeeping.

Get the Checklist on our Blog


Music is All Around Us - Is your Music License Up to Date?

You know that music makes all the difference when it comes to keeping your customers happy and coming back for more. But using music in your business is more complicated than just turning on your radio. Our friends at BMI have created a video as a helpful reminder to check in about your music license. It’s easy to play music in your business while also ensuring music creators are paid for the music we all love.


Plus: Are you taking advantage of your CRA membership benefit?

BMI offers restaurants a 10% discount with their Timely Payment Discount program? On top of that, CRA members are eligible for a 10% savings on their BMI Music License. This means that you can save up to 20% on BMI fees! Are you taking advantage of this member benefit?



+ Get informed. Get involved. Get to D.C. for the National Restaurant Association Public Affairs Conference March 27-28, 2019. Early-bird pricing (50% off!) is available until Feb. 4 using the code CO50.


+ Reminder - CRA members get free Labor Law posters. Order yours today. Call the CRA (303) 830-2972 or email



February 5: Breckenridge Chapter Meeting

Feb 14: Durango Chapter Meeting

Feb 19: Pikes Peak Chapter Board Meeting

Feb 19: Mile High Chapter Board Meeting

Feb 22-Mar 3: Denver Restaurant Week with Mile High Chapter

Feb 27: Hockey Night Out with Northern Colorado Chapter

Feb 28-Mar 1: Colorado ProStart Invitational & Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup



Feb 7: ServSafe Food Manager Certification - Loveland

Feb 25: ServSafe Food Manager Certification - Denver

Feb 26: ServSafe Alcohol Certification - Denver

Feb 28: ServSafe Food Manager Certification - Aurora

*Pre-registration required, Sold Out classes are not listed 


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