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…
Links to Regulatory Agencies
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
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
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
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
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
The time has come (finally)! Effective May 7, 2018, the menu-labeling regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially became the law of the land. This is a good thing - Find out why here. Does This Affect You? Restaurants and similar retail food...read more
Finally a decision on tip pooling! Restaurants have the direction we need to move forward in sharing tips with the heart-of-the-house (HOH) employees (kitchen, bussers and dishwashers) - under certain circumstances. For restaurants this clarification has been long...read more
.05 Making Criminals of Good Citizens If you live in New Mexico you know drunk driving is a problem. It seems that headlines consistently point to drunk drivers with multiple DWI charges killing someone while driving drunk for the 8th time. Most of these offenders are...read more
9 Tips To Prepare for Your Health Inspection NMRA says the proper strategy for a successful health inspection is to be ready at all times. To stay ahead of the game, managers can conduct weekly, in-house inspections. Here are nine tips to help your team prepare: Use...read more
Scheduling is a pain! Anyone who has ever been in charge of a restaurant schedule knows how painful it is. There are many pressures including anticipating business volume, employee expectations and requests for time off. The next scheduling pressure point is going to...read more
It could be you! I just had a very disturbing visit from an immigrant couple who recently had to close their restaurant in Santa Fe. It appears they were sued by three employees for not paying the “living wage” in Santa Fe. The City attorney audited the restaurant for...read more
NM 2018 Legislative Session Begins January 16th As usual we need your help with your legislators. The beauty of New Mexico politics is that we are a state with a small population and our legislators are our neighbors, customers and friends. As a business...read more
On July 20th the U.S. Department of Labor signaled its plan to rescind the tip-pooling restrictions put in place under the Obama Administration. It stated it will issue a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,”specifically, “in this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the...read more
Find links below to the most current I-9 and Employer Handbook on how to fill out the form. From USCIS.gov "Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. All U.S. employers must...read more