Rules - Regulations

National – State – Local

Federal Resources

Employer Identification Number (EIN): An EIN is required if you plan to hire employees for your restaurant. It’s essentially a tax identification number for your business.

 I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

Use Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. All U.S. employers must properly complete Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens. Both employees and employers (or authorized representatives of the employer) must complete the form. Handbook for Employers

Instructions for Completing Form I-9
(Employment Eligibility Verification Form)

U.S. Department of Labor

Alcohol Beverage Authorities in United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico

State and Local Laws

In the United States, each state has the authority to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of alcohol within its borders. This means state and local jurisdictions may have their own requirements in addition to federal requirements. State laws and regulations vary widely from state to state, and may be more restrictive than federal regulations.

You must meet all state and local requirements in any state where you plan to do business (unless Federal law preempts the state law). If you plan to do business in a state, you must contact its appropriate authorities for more information about the state and local requirements.

State Governments

Find out how to contact your state or territory, its governor, and major state agencies.

Local Governments

Find contact information for local governments by state.

State Restaurant Associations

State restaurant associations play a crucial role in assisting restaurant operators in various ways. Here’s how they help:

Advocacy and Representation: State restaurant associations serve as advocates for foodservice and hospitality businesses at the state level. They represent the interests of restaurant operators in legislative and regulatory matters. This includes lobbying for policies that benefit the industry and addressing concerns related to taxes, regulations, and licensing.

Industry Support and Resources: These associations offer a wealth of resources and support to restaurant operators. They provide information on industry best practices, trends, and market insights. This can be invaluable for operators looking to stay competitive and navigate changing consumer preferences.

Networking Opportunities: State restaurant associations often organize networking events, conferences, and workshops. These gatherings provide restaurant operators with opportunities to connect with peers, suppliers, and experts in the industry. Networking can lead to valuable partnerships and knowledge sharing.

Education and Training: Many state restaurant associations offer educational programs and training for restaurant staff. This can include food safety training, management courses, and certifications that enhance the skills of restaurant employees.

Discounted Services: Associations may negotiate discounts on various services that can benefit restaurant operators. This can include discounted health insurance, legal services, and access to group purchasing programs for supplies and equipment.

Industry Insights: State restaurant associations provide members with access to industry data and research. This information helps restaurant operators make informed decisions about their businesses, including menu planning, pricing strategies, and marketing campaigns.

Overall, state restaurant associations serve as valuable partners for restaurant operators, offering a range of services and support that can help businesses thrive in a competitive industry.

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