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
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
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more