Certification Requirements Effective July 1, 2014
DISCOUNT ONLINE CLASSES OFFERED
The Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410
ILCS 625), amended by SB1495 and passed into law on August 27, 2013,
establishes Food Handler training requirements in Illinois. Beginning
July 1, 2014, if you work in a restaurant in Illinois and prepare,
store or serve food, handle food equipment, food utensils, or
food-contact surfaces you must have a ANSI accredited Food Handler
certificate within 30 days of hire. This includes most restaurant jobs,
including servers, chefs, head chefs, head cooks, cooks, bussers,
bartenders, dishwashers, hosts and hostesses who handle food and
supervisors, such as the general manager or managers. Managers who
already have a Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate do not need
a Food Handler certificate. Click here for more information on Food Handler requirements.
The law does
not require employers to pay for an employee's time and expense to take
the training and test. The ServSafe Food Handler Certificate belongs to
the employee, is transferrable between employers, is valid for three
years and is accepted everywhere in Illinois.
Go to www.foodhandlerusa.com
and use the discount code EMPLOYEE20 to
take the online training in English or Spanish for $12.00. Certificates
can be printed upon completion of the 90 minute course.
Buyer Beware: There are many
training programs available online that are not approved by the
Illinois Department of Public Health and will not pass an inspection.
Use the NRA's ServSafe for your training needs - the industry leader
and a trusted partner.
the beverage tax, HB 397, lost in a vote during the House Revenue
Committee meeting. The IRA successfully worked with lawmakers in
Springfield to oppose this bill.
On Wednesday, a proposed City ordinance was introduced
which would increase the minimum wage in Chicago.
For large employers -- businesses reporting more than $50
million in yearly revenues -- the minimum wage would increase
to $12.50 per hour 90 days after passage and to $15.00 per hour
one year after passage. Additionally for large employers, the minimum
wage would increase annually based on cost of living adjustment
increases beginning January 1 following the first anniversary of
For small to mid-size employers -- businesses reporting
less than $50 million in yearly revenues -- the minimum wage would
increase to $12.00 per hour beginning one year and 90 days after
passage, increase to $13.00 per hour two years after passage, $14.00
per hour three years after passage, and $15.00 per hour four years
after passage. Additionally, the minimum wage would increase annually
based on cost of living adjustment increases beginning on January 1
following the fourth anniversary of passage.
For large, small, and mid-size employers, tipped employees
would receive 70% of the established wage rate.
remains vigilant on the minimum wage issue. Mayor Emanuel has
established a Minimum Wage Working Group to research and make recommendations
on the minimum wage issue. IRA President & CEO Sam Toia, along
with Aldermen Will Burns and Carrie Austin, SEIU's Matt Brandon,
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce CEO Theresa Mintle, and Tanya Triche,
vice president and general counsel of the Illinois Retail Merchants
Association, are members of the committee.
BACP Offers Free Business Workshops
The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer
Protection continues to offer free workshops every Wednesday and Friday
at City Hall in Room 805. They are open to the
public and cover a variety of topics. If you are looking to start or
grow your business, do not miss this great resource. Click here for
the June schedule.
Meet the Chairman with Ken Raskin
Please join us
for our next industry event, 'Meet the Chairman', sponsored by Heil & Kay Insurance,
The event is
Tuesday, June 17, from 8:00 - 9:30am at Manny's Cafeteria &
Delicatessen, 1141 S. Jefferson. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details.
White Castle Celebrates
National Hamburger Month
IRA member White Castle at Addison, Kedzie & Elston hosted Eric
Fine, Director of Sales & Marketing (pictured above), for a
National Hamburger Month Promotion. Regional Vice President, Michael
Guinan, and store General Manager, Manny Thakkar, trained Eric and his
son, Asher, on how to produce 30 sliders in 4 minutes and 30 seconds.
For more information on the iconic White Castle brand and its National
Hamburger Month click here.
Ride 2 Recovery
invited to join UnitedHealthcare for Ride 2 Recovery: Honor Ride
Chicago on Sunday, June 8 at 8:00am at the Evanston Subaru of
Skokie! The Ride 2 Recovery Mission is to improve the health and
wellness of healing heroes worldwide by providing a life changing
experience that can impact their lives forever.
Click here to
register and for more information.
College Tuition Partnership
The Illinois Restaurant Association is pleased to announce
a partnership with Kendall College. As a result of this venture,
Kendall College will extend a 20% tuition reduction for IRA members
statewide on degree programs in business, culinary arts and
hospitality. Employees and families of IRA members will also be
eligible to benefit from this support in their pursuit or completion of
a degree in several disciplines.
For more information please visit www.kendall.edu/partner.
Have Summer Hiring Needs? Hire
Trained ProStart® Culinary Students!
a two year culinary arts and hospitality management curriculum in high
school. Hire a trained student workforce that want a career in the
industry. Many have ServSafe Sanitation certification. You will also be
helping students gain valuable on-the-job training needed to earn
National ProStart Certification. To learn more, please contact Kathy
Summers (312) 380-4147 or email@example.com. Thank you for your support!
Help our Future Industry Leaders!
Support College Scholarships for Culinary and Hospitality Students
The IRA Educational Foundation awards scholarships to
culinary and hospitality management students pursuing college degrees
and certifications in the restaurant industry. The Foundation offers
matching funds for every contribution to ensure that the scholarships
are widely available to students. To make a donation to the IRAEF
scholarship fund please contact Kathy Summers at (312) 380-4147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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