Restaurant Regulation

We pride ourselves on keeping you informed on the ever-changing rules and regulations you need to know to avoid penalties and fines from enforcement and regulatory agencies in New Mexico and beyond…

Food Regulation Quick Links

Link here to find all your model food code regulations, required posters,  model inspection sheets and more…

Alcohol Regulation Quick Links

Link here to find all your copy of the ABC regulations, required posters, duplicate server permit, inspection form, happy hour rules and more…

Employment Regulation Quick Links

Find links here to General labor regulations, Workforce Solutions, FLSA, unemployment basics, Work Comp, Minimum Wage, tipping rules and more…

Taxes and Other Regulation Quick Links

Link here to find restaurant financing, NM GRT rates, pets on patios, water by request, ADA,   restaurant scams and more…

Links to Regulatory Agencies

Alcohol and Gaming Division

Alcohol and Gaming is  division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department. They issue, transfer, and revoke liquor licenses per the liquor Control Act. Phone: 505-476-4875

NM Environment Department

The NMED is the inspection agency that enforces the state food regulations. Their jurisdiction is everywhere but Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Link here to your NMED field office. Phone: 800-219-6157

NM Workforce Connection

The NM Workforce Connection office manages everything from unemployment insurance claims to HR, job postings, employer recruitment and employer incentives.

Bernalillo County Food Safety

The Bernalillo County food safety program is the inspection and food safety department with a jurisdiction of restaurants residing in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County. Phone: 505-314-0310

Albuquerque Environment Department

The city of Albuquerque maintains it’s own food inspection and safety department. If your restaurant is in Albuquerque this link takes you to their website. Phone: 505-768-2718

US Department of Labor

The US Department of Labor maintains the federal employment rules and regulations including but never limited to: overtime rules, tip credit rules, tip pooling rules, exempt vs non-exempt definitions etc.

New Mexico Food Safety Regulations

New Mexico Food Safety Regulations

This informative resource page will help ensure you know current regulations in the three jurisdictions of New Mexico – Albuquerque, Bernalillo and the rest of the state (NMED).

Link to NM AGD Rules and Regulations

New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Regulations

The Alcohol and Gaming Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department requires every licensee to have a copy of the  rules and regulations on the premise of the licensed establishment.  Here is a link to your copy.

Regulatory Blog Posts

New Form W-4 for 2020

New Form W-4 for 2020

IRS to release new form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate: Effective January 1, 2020 The IRS is updating the W-4 Form in 2020. The new design reduces the form’s complexity and increases the transparency and accuracy of the withholding system. While it uses the...

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Alcohol Serving: Third Party Liability

Alcohol Serving: Third Party Liability

Serving alcohol is a serious responsibility that is governed and controlled by laws at the national, state and local levels. One of the most important and overlooked aspects of this responsibility is third party liability. Third party liability means you can be held...

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Holiday Season Alcohol Serving Guide

Holiday Season Alcohol Serving Guide

With the holidays comes celebrations, and with celebrations comes alcohol. Knowing the proper laws and rules as well as useful techniques, can mean the difference between a Happy Holidays and a big fat Bah Hambug. NMRA has you covered. Here are links to exclusive...

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Labor Dept. Proposes Changes to 80/20 & Tip Pooling Rules

Labor Dept. Proposes Changes to 80/20 & Tip Pooling Rules

On Monday, October 7, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a new 80/20 rule and tip pooling regulation. First, the proposed regulation, if finalized, will permit employers to take a tip credit regardless of the amount of non-tip generating work (such as...

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Wage & Hours Rules for Restaurant Workers

Wage & Hours Rules for Restaurant Workers

WAGE STATUTES: BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR TIPPED EMPLOYEES Play Webinar Recording Access Slide Deck Here If you haven’t been audited yet get your paperwork in order because the Federal DOL and New Mexico Workforce Solutions are targeting restaurants. If you are in any way...

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New Laws Go Into Effect this Summer

New Laws Go Into Effect this Summer

Top 10 things you need to know about the new laws going into effect in June and July 2019   Your single-user restrooms will have to be: made available to any person regardless of gender identity or sex; designated for use by not more than one occupant at a time...

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Wage Theft vs Wage Compliance in New Mexico

Wage Theft vs Wage Compliance in New Mexico

If you haven’t been audited yet get your paperwork in order because the Federal DOL and New Mexico Workforce Solutions are targeting restaurants. If you are in any way responsible for making payroll at your restaurant DO NOT MISS these webinars on the new minimum wage...

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2019 Legislation Recap

2019 Legislation Recap

Top 10 things you need to know about the new laws going into effect on June 14 or July 1, 2019. In order of importance…details on the law pertaining to each bullet point is provided below. Your single-user restrooms will have to be: Effective July 1, 2019 made...

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