A new waiter law requiring alcohol training will come into effect in July

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A new California state law regarding restaurants will go into effect starting in July.

It will require all servers and bartenders to undergo training in responsible alcohol service, which will impact thousands of workers.

California Alcoholic Beverage Control says it aims to reduce overconsumption, serve minors, and limit drunk driving. and one restaurant owner we spoke to says he’s ready to comply.

“Many of our employees are already starting training to ensure we will be compliant from July 1,” said Papi’s Mexican Grill owner Raul Gutierrez.

Gutierrez says he’s preparing his staff for when California’s new responsible beverage service law takes effect.

The law makes what was once voluntary, now a requirement for every employee serving alcohol in the state.

ABC public information officer John Carr said it would not affect stores that sell alcohol, only businesses such as bars, restaurants and wineries that serve alcohol. alcohol on site.

“The law was passed after a horrific DUI accident that claimed the lives of two UC San Diego medical students. Everyone’s hope is that DUIs will go down and the highways, streets and roads will all be safer,” Carr said.

Carr said that in Fresno County, 910 businesses are affected by the new law and 56,000 businesses statewide will need to comply.

Employers will need to register with the ABC, register with a certified trainer and test employees before being approved.

Gutierrez said it’s been a lot of up-front work for restaurants to finally recover from the pandemic, but says the benefits are there.

“I think in the long run it will be worth it. I honestly think any time we add more paperwork and bureaucracy it can be difficult for us from the start, but I think the point of this program is to really help the community and make sure we’re doing our responsibly,” says Gutierrez.

The ABC says it will take an education-focused approach and did not specify what kind of consequences there will be for companies that do not comply. By August 31, all current employees must be trained and any new employees hired thereafter have 60 days to complete the training.

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