Hospitality News March 13, 2019March 13, 2019

Legislative Update

This week we are aggressively fighting two proposed bills that will definitely affect your business. This year we have the challenge of working with many new lawmakers, people that do not understand the realities of your business. Your voice helps us to communicate the impacts their propsed laws will have on your business. Please act upon any Legislative Alerts we send to you, we make it easy for you to contact your elected officials.

Legislation to Allow Local Minimum Wages

Thank you to the many people that have sent letters to your legislators telling them how House Bill 1210 will significantly harm your restaurant. This bill passed out of the House and will go onto the Senate. Please, keep up the pressure and contact your legislator TODAY!

Family and Medical Leave Bill in Committee Today!

We have been working with a coalition representing the business community for the last 6 months on this legislation trying to get significant changes. There is still a long list of problems with how this program will be administered and we are hoping to apply a little pressure to the sponsors in order to get more amendments. We are testifying at this committee hearing at the capitol today.

Currently, businesses with 50 or more employees are required by federal law to allow an employee to take 12 weeks of family and medical leave, unpaid, if the employee suffers a qualifying event (birth of a child, illness, etc.). The federal law doesn’t apply to businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

Senate Bill 188 by Senators Williams (D-Denver) and Winter (D-Northglenn) will create a state-mandated Family and Medical Leave Insurance program in the State of Colorado. This program will provide partial wage replacement for all employees if they need to take family and medical leave. This program will be funded by every single employee and employer in the state. Employers will be held responsible to make sure that the correct amount of money is deducted out of every employee’s paycheck, remitted to the state, and that the employer matches it. Additionally, this bill would require any employer, regardless of size, to allow an employee to take up to 16 weeks of family and medical leave and allow them to return to their job at the end. This bill expands the definition of a family member beyond FMLA to someone the worker has “a significant personal bond with that is or is like a family relationship.”  This is far too broad.

We have been working with the business community since last fall to make significant changes to this bill, however, the sponsors are not willing to budge on some key factors. Please reach out to your Senator and ask them to vote NO on Senate Bill 188.

As always, if you have concerns about any legislative issue we are tracking, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.


University of Denver - Voices of Experience Executive Speaker Series

Denny Marie Post - President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Robin

Monday, March 18, 2019 |6 - 7:30 p.m.
Newman Center for the Performing Arts | 2344 E Iliff  Ave., Denver, CO 80210
Free admission 

Voices of Experience brings CEOs and significant leaders to the DU community to share lessons learned from their triumphs, mistakes and decisions as they navigated through their leadership careers.

In the debut event of the year, the Daniels College of Business welcomes Denny Marie Post for a conversation. Moderated by David Corsun, Director of the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management; the two will cover the following topics:

-              Denny’s career journey and experience in management and product innovation at T-Mobile, Starbucks, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell Canada and more;

-              Denny’s leadership philosophy and advocacy for female business leaders;

-              State of the restaurant industry i.e. challenges, opportunities, innovation, disruption and effects of consumer behavior trends.


Celebrate a 20+ Year CRA Member

March 23, starting at 9:00 am
Lupitas Mexican Restaurant | 11809 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO

An end of an era as after 25 years in business, Betty is shutting down the restaurant as it has become non-profitable to continue. Join them on their closing day, March 23 to celebrate their long run. Live entertainment, food and fun will honor the day. She hopes to reopen the restaurant in the future.


Webinar on Labor Dept.’s Proposed Overtime Regulation

On Monday, March 25 the National Restaurant Association and the Restaurant Law Center will be hosting attorneys from Littler Mendelson’s Workplace Policy Institute on a webinar to address DOL’s long awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) salary test for determining when an employee is exempt from earning overtime pay. Register for the webinar.

Five mistakes leaders make about employee engagement

Engagement in its purest form is how much someone cares about their work, their co-workers and their organization. The path to caring is not paved with chili dogs and beanbag games.

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ICYMI – In Case You Missed It

Colorado Restaurants Make a Big Economic Impact

CRF Scholarships Available - Due April 1st

Add to your Calendar - Colorado Restaurant & Bar Show September 17-18


Mar 19: Mile High Chapter Board Meeting & Member Mixer

Mar 19: Pikes Peak Chapter Board Meeting & Member Mixer

Mar 21: Northern Colorado Chapter Meeting

Mar 27-28: Public Affairs Conference, Washington DC


Mar 18: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Delta

Mar 18: ServSafe Alcohol Certification - Denver

Mar 25: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Greeley

Mar 26: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Gunbarrel

Mar 28: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Aurora

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


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