‘They don’t even know this law exists’: A new alcohol rule hangs over state bars, restaurants

Thursday, June 09, 2022
Los Angeles Times

By the end of summer, every bar and restaurant employee who serves alcohol in California must obtain a new certification. Assembly Bill 1221, or the Responsible Beverage Service Training Act, will require bartenders, waitstaff and their managers at establishments licensed to serve alcohol to undergo a three- to four-hour training on how alcohol affects the body, the consequences of over-serving, basic laws regulating alcohol and intervention techniques for dealing with inebriated customers. Workers must then pass a two-hour open-book exam.

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