Under the new AB 1221 law, all businesses selling alcohol will be required to put their servers through a Responsible Beverage Service Training Program facilitated through the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Servers will need to successfully complete the course before being allowed to serve alcohol. The Responsible Beverage Service training course will not exceed $15, and funds will be deposited into the Alcohol Beverage Control Fund. In order to allow time for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to develop the program, the law will not go into effect until July 1, 2021.
Under existing law, programs promoting alcohol responsibility, such as Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) training, are voluntary. It is always a good idea to err on the side of caution and make necessary changes to your company’s trainings and policies.
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