CHLA California Lodging News May/June 2022

8 CALIFORNIA LODGING NEWS AN IMPORTANT CHANGE IS ON the horizon in California for alcohol sales. Starting on September 1, the state will require all alcohol servers and their managers to undergo mandatory, state-approved training and certification in order to be allowed to serve alcohol to customers on licensed premises. The legislation, known as the Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Training Act, was introduced in 2017 to mitigate alcohol-related harm in California communities. The original deadline for the law to come into effect was extended in 2020 because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the hospitality industry. The extended deadline now gives licensed premises a 60-day compliance window: Training must be completed with a provider approved by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) before August 31. Mandatory Alcohol Server Certification Who Needs to Be Trained? All alcohol servers and their managers need to be trained under the new legislation. This is defined to include anyone who: 9Takes customer alcoholic beverage orders 9Pours alcoholic beverages for customers 9Delivers alcoholic beverages to customers 9Checks customer identification for purposes of alcoholic beverage service or entry to an ABC on-premises licensed establishment 9Trains, directly hires, or oversees alcohol servers at an ABC licensed premises 9Trains alcohol servers how to perform the service of alcohol for consumption for an ABC on-premises licensee, including but not limited to, when to check identification or when to refuse service to a patron ENFORCED  Sept. 1 