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Legislation

Details of legislation and government decisions that affect the operation of your business, plus advice to help you avoid falling foul of the law.

Drinking venues slump on underage drinking tests

Drinking venues slump on underage drinking tests

By Liam Garrahan

Drinking venues across the UK are performing badly in the fight against underage drinkers, according to research by Serve Legal, an independent auditing body of age-restrictive sales.

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ALMR: E-cigarette ban in Wales ‘unhelpful’

By Liam Garrahan

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has accused the Welsh Government of being ‘unhelpful’ after its decision to amend plans for a ban on e-cigarettes in public places, and says that there is no evidence to support the decision.

JD Wetherspoon admits data breach

JD Wetherspoon admits data breach

By Liam Garrahan

JD Wetherspoon has become the latest hospitality business to admit that some customer and staff data, including credit and debit cards, names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, and dates of birth, has been accessed illegally by a third party.

ALMR calls for ‘healthy options not harmful taxes’

ALMR calls for ‘healthy options not harmful taxes’

By Liam Garrahan

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has asked the Government to consider the impact of the sugar tax on pubs and bars and that the tax alone is unlikely to tackle issues regarding obesity.

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Sugar Tax: Report urges Government to ‘wake up’ and take action

By Liam Garrahan

The Government Health Select Committee has urged MPs to take action and introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks, although it has expressed concerns that the hospitality industry could  ‘absorb’ the tax instead of passing it onto consumers. 

People 1st launches new apprenticeship campaign

People 1st launches new apprenticeship campaign

By Liam Garrahan

Workforce development charity, People 1st, has launched a new campaign to help hospitality companies understand and prepare for 2016’s apprenticeship shake-up, while benefiting from greater staff retention and profitability.

Paul adopts Living Wage early

Paul adopts Living Wage early

By Liam Garrahan

French bakery and café brand Paul has increased its staff wages to the National Living Wage ahead of its introduction in April.

How hotels can remain compliant following CMA ruling on OTA rate parity

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How hotels can remain compliant following CMA ruling on OTA rate parity

By Charles Livingstone

Following last month's decision by the Competition Markets Authority (CMA) to close its investigations into rate parity agreements between hotels and online travel agents (OTAs), Charles Livingstone, a partner at law firm Brodies LLP, gives his top...

BHA calls for new law on tipping and service charges

BHA calls for new law on tipping and service charges

By Liam Garrahan

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has called for the Government to take action against restaurants and hotels who do not disclose how tips and service charges are distributed among staff by bringing in a new law that ensures total transparency...

Eight ways to protect your alcohol licence

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Eight ways to protect your alcohol licence

By Robert Botkai

With the busy festive season upon us, Robert Botkai of Winckworth Sherwood recaps the law around the sale of alcohol to ensure operators can protect their licences. 

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Chinese visa overhaul could boost visitor numbers by 265k

By Liam Garrahan

An overhaul of the Chinese visa system could boost the boost the number of Chinese tourists to the UK by 265k each year and earn the British economy £337m, according to The UK China Visa Alliance (UKCVA).

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