licensed establishments to vary drink prices and provide
"happy hour" pricing at different times throughout the
day; however, happy hour prices cannot go below prescribed minimums
and must be set in advance;
businesses that retail or manufacture alcoholic beverages to
market their wares in a broader range of venues (for example,
retail liquor stores can now apply for permits entitling them to
sell alcohol at food and beverage festivals for off-site
consumption, and vintners, brewers and distillers can now apply to
sell their beverages at farmers markets);
liquor primary establishments to allow parents to bring minors
into their establishments for family dining before 10 p.m.
(requiring designation by the General Manager ["GM"] of
the Liquor Control and Licensing Board ["LCLB"] as a
"Family Foodservice" establishment); and
Family Foodservice establishments (along with others approved
by the GM of the LCLB) to hire minors to work in their
establishments in positions where they do not sell or serve
You can learn more about the LCLB's list of recently
implemented policy directives here.
While the new laws reflect a loosening of provincial rules
regarding the service and selling of alcohol, compliance will still
be strictly enforced. Employers operating Family Foodservice
establishments, in particular, will have to pay close attention to
scheduling and ensure all employees are aware of the limits on work
performed by minors.
The recent amendments are but a few of the intended changes to
B.C.'s liquor regime. Among other things, new and varied
training requirements for the serving and selling of alcohol are on
the horizon, which employers will want to ensure are quickly and
diligently implemented for compliance purposes.
We will keep you apprised of further developments.
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