Recently the California Code of Regulations that applies to the hospitality industry in California has changed, impacting servers and managers throughout the state in a big way.
The California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control is requiring all on-premise alcohol beverage servers and managers to participate in Responsible Beverage Training (RBS Training), effective July 1, 2022.
Here is what employers and employees need to know about the newest training requirements.
Who is Considered a “Server” or “Manager” Under California Law?
The regulations define an alcohol server as anyone who:
- Checks customer identification before entry to an ABC on-premises licensed establishment
- Checks customer identification for purposes of alcoholic beverage service
- Takes customer alcoholic beverage orders
- Pours alcoholic beverages for customers
- Delivers alcoholic beverages to customers
An alcohol manager is anyone who trains, directly hires, or oversees alcohol servers at an ABC licensed premises, or who trains alcohol servers on how to perform the service of alcohol for consumption for an ABC on-premises licensee.
It does not include an employee or contractor of another separate ABC licensee who is training alcohol servers for marketing or distribution purposes.
How Long Do California Servers and Managers Have to Complete RBS Training?
All California servers and managers must successfully complete an ABC-approved RBS training program and exam no later than August 31, 2022, or within 60 days of initial employment.
The training is reported to last three to four hours and will include “training on how alcohol affects the body, the consequences of over-serving, basic laws regulating alcohol and intervention techniques for dealing with inebriated customers.
Workers must then pass a two-hour open book exam.
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