Compliance & Regulations
CBD and F&B
Three in four chefs cited CBD- and cannabis-infused food as a top trend for 2019, according to the National Restaurant Association’s annual “What’s Hot” survey. As more consumers ask for CBD, including in foods and beverages, restaurant operators are looking for clarity. The Food and Drug Administration currently bans CBD use in food and beverages sold in interstate commerce, and many states like Oregon have adopted their own rules. Read NRA's CBD in Food and Beverages Brief.
Ban in Alcohol: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission adopted a rules amendment Dec. 19, 2019, that will allow it to take action against licensees who make or sell products that mix CBD and alcohol. The ban applies to manufactured products, but OLCC will begin separate rulemaking to prohibit bars and restaurants from blending CBD into alcoholic drinks.
Plastic Straws on Request / Plastic Bag Ban
In the 2019 Legislative Session, lawmakers passed a straw restriction and plastic bag ban. Read more on the statewide ordinances.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
ADA Standards that went in effect in 2012 included newly covered elements like mobility devices, service animals, facilities and reservation systems. Lodging and restaurant operators are urged to take the necessary steps to bring various elements into compliance and review existing elements that will be subject to stricter or different specifications.
Carbon Monoxide - Alarms or detection systems shall be installed in Group R Occupancies. Check Oregon Codes 908.7.2 in the Oregon Fire Code for more information. See also NCSL Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements.
Employee Retirement Savings Plan - OregonSaves is a state-run retirement program for employees of businesses who do not currently offer a retirement savings plan. However, employers have an alternative with ORLA's 401K Plan if they currently do not have a plan in place. The State requires employers to either register their company with OregonSaves or certify that their company is exempt from the program. The registration deadlines for employers are as follows:
Food Waste: Prevention, Donation, and Composting
Metro’s educational initiative, Food Waste Stops With Me, was launched April 18, 2018, to help businesses reduce the amount of food they throw away. The campaign is part of a larger effort around food waste that may also include requiring some businesses to keep the food they toss out of the garbage. Metro Council is expected to vote on a proposed policy in July.
Official enforcement of the federal menu labeling law began May 7, 2019 according to the National Restaurant Association. The menu labeling regulations apply to restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are part of a chain of 20 or more locations doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items. These establishments must post calorie information for many food items on their menus in a consistent manner nationwide, and make other nutrition data available in writing, upon request. For more info, visit these resources:
Oregon's Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA) - Also known as the Smokefree Workplace Law, the ICAA prohibits smoking in the workplace and within 10 feet of all entrances, exits, accessibility ramps that lead to and from an entrance or exit, windows and air-intake vents. Visit Oregon.gov for more information.
Posting Requirements for Oregon Employers - Oregon employers are required by a number of state and federal agencies to display a variety of workplace notices and posters. Download from BOLI's website.
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