• New Alcohol Beverage Control Regulations for Responsible Beverage Service Training Program

    New regulations have been put in place by the Alcoholic Beverage Control regarding the Responsible Beverage Service Training Program. Local wineries, breweries, restaurants and any establishment that serves alcohol will be affected by these new regulations.

    The current law and proposed rules can be found here:

    AB-1221 Alcoholic beverage control: Responsible Beverage Service Training Program Act of 2017

    The Notice of Proposed Rule Making

    The Proposed Rules (all 23 pages)

    The bill will come into effect July 1, 2021. The regulation will take effect between September 2020-July 2021, and public comment will be accepted until 5:00 pm on October 11, 2019.

    Below are some comments from the ABC on the new regulations:

     “The main financial burden upon businesses is for the statutorily required training and time to take the course for employees. The training is a requirement of continued employment, and throughout our stakeholder meetings over the past year, it has been assumed under California employment law by stakeholders that ABC on-premises licensees will be required to reimburse its current employees for the cost of training and the time to take the course. This was not something that ABC could change through regulation as it is statutorily mandated. Some ABC licensees have union contracts with employees that require this type of reimbursement regardless of if it is required under California employment law. The Department is not able to make a legal determination of whether that is required under California law but included it in our regulatory economic impact assessment to show the impact of the statute and regulatory implementation.

    The statute requires training to be available throughout the state, both in-person and online, and both in English and Spanish. We are also working with training providers to provide RBS training course in both formats in other languages. The Department also has a goal to allow Californians to take the certification exam in their native language as much as possible.”