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

Help us add $3.5 million in tourism dollars!

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...

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Tip Policies in New Mexico as of July 2017

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...

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Form I-9 Updated July 2017

Find links below to the most current I-9 and Employer Handbook on how to fill out the form. From "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...

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NM AGD Regulation changes in affect

AGD's regulation changes are now in place.  Most recent regulations changes affect sales and distribution through out New Mexico.  The summary of changes are provided here: ALCOHOL AND GAMING RULES 6 12 17.  Please be aware the summary DOES NOT list the complete...

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Immigrants and the Restaurant Industry

The National Restaurant Association has alerted us to some member concerns nationwide regarding President Trump's recent immigration policies and orders.  In some cases they learned that some restaurant employees are being stopped and questioned, and in some...

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Overtime Rule Blocked

OVERTIME RULE WON’T TAKE EFFECT DECEMBER 1 In a definitive ruling issued yesterday, the federal district court for the Eastern District of Texas granted an emergency request to put a hold on the December 1, 2016, effective date for the new federal overtime rule, until...

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DO NOT SHARE TIPS! $50,000 Fines!

DO NOT share tips with back-of-the-house employees!!! $50,000 Fines involved!! In the restaurant business, we all know the pay discrepancy between servers and cooks. Cooks and dishwashers are some of the hardest working individuals in your restaurant, yet they can’t...

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Response to New Overtime Rules

The White House just released new overtime changes.  National Restaurant Association has a response: White House unveils overtime changes NRA will continue its opposition The Department of Labor will unveil new federal overtime regulations today , the White House...

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I-9 Enforcement and Inspections Coming to Your Restaurant

I-9: The Two Page Form that Can Cost You $1,000s! With hints that ICE is ramping up its I-9 enforcement and compliance efforts, ICE will likely be issuing Notices of Inspection and subpoenas around the State. Right now is the perfect time to conduct an internal I-9...

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