GGRA is your advocate and resource for regulatory issues related to running your business. We keep you apprised of issues ranging from human resources to zoning, providing up-to-date information as things are being debated or changed. We also spend our time at City Hall keeping track of legislation — proposing solutions to existing problems as well as working to modify or in some cases defeat legislation that would make it harder to operate. We focus on sharing information through the political process to help shape legislation and reduce or eliminate negative consequences for the industry and the dining public.
GGRA meets regularly with elected officials and department heads on important public policy concerns. Join us for GGRA Lobby Day in January at San Francisco City Hall or for meetings with members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. We represent the industry but also provide access to decision-makers both to work on larger legislative issues as well as to assist with a problem that may only impact a single restaurant.
GGRA also has a Political Action Committee (GGRAPAC) – so that we can vote with our money – by supporting candidates and ballot measures that are aligned with our interests. We host and support fundraisers and work to educate our public officials and the voting public on the possible impacts of proposed measures to our industry, and work to find win-win solutions that benefit the Bay Area economy.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email us.
ADA Accessibility: In an effort to help the business community avoid “drive-by” ADA lawsuits, the Board of Supervisors passed legislation requiring businesses with a place of public accommodation to have all primary entries accessible by persons with disabilities, or to receive from the City a determination of equivalent facilitation, technical infeasibility, or unreasonable hardship. This means that if improvements are not possible, the legislation will provide either building or business owners with documentation that compliance is infeasible or would be an unreasonable hardship (meaning the cost would be too great for the business to remain open). The legislation has tiered implementation, with the first action scheduled for December. We are working with DBI to get together compliance information.
Federal Overtime Changes: Last summer, we reported that the United States Department of Labor was looking to raise the salary threshold for overtime exempt employees. Currently, salaried executive, administrative, or professional employees making at least $23,660/year are exempt from overtime pay. In California, the exempt salary is twice the minimum wage, or $41,600/year. In June, the U.S. Labor Department issued their final rules. The new rule will push this threshold to $47,476/year. Additionally, the rule includes an automatic increase every 3 years. The effective date for the final rule is December 1, 2016. For more information, click here.
SB 1285 San Francisco Neighborhood Restaurants: This bill creates a new type of neighborhood-restricted, non-transferable liquor license for restaurants in San Francisco’s underdeveloped commercial corridors. The pool of restricted licenses will include 28 general on-sale licenses, which allow the sale of beer, wine, and spirits for consumption on the premises. All of these licenses will be Type 47-style for restaurants and will not be capable of conversion into a bar license. This legislation is aimed at revitalizing neighborhoods with an abundance of vacant storefronts. GGRA is supportive.
SB 2121 Responsible Interventions for Beverage Servers Training Act (RIBS): This bill would require a person (beyond the voluntary LEAD Program) who sells or serves alcoholic beverages, or who manages persons who sell or serve, in an on-sale retail licensed premises to successfully complete an approved RIBS training course within 3 months of employment and every 3 years thereafter. If passed, this bill would go into effect beginning July 1, 2020. The intent of the bill is to have more bartenders trained to recognize when a customer has had too much to drink. GGRA is opposed.