It’s an important time of the year, not just because of the holiday season but because we’re wrapping up the year and looking forward to the new one. And with a new year, comes new laws and regulations that go into effect in January 2020. 

Restaurant owners and hospitality operators should always be focused on compliance and 2020 will bring several laws business owners will need to know about, including, new minimum wage requirements for many California cities, new recycling mandates for single-use items and more:

Minimum Wage

Several Northern California cities will see an increase in the required minimum wage, effective January 1st, 2020. Other cities in California have scheduled minimum wage increases coming in the summer of 2020, those cities include Alameda, Belmont, Berkeley, Emeryville, Fremont, Long Beach (follows the state rates but will go up for hotel and concessionaire workers), Los Angeles, Malibu, Milpitas, Pasadena, San Francisco, San Leandro, and Santa Monica.

Increase in the required minimum wage, effective January 1st, 2020:

  •       Belmont ($15.00 an hour)
  •       Cupertino ($15.35 an hour)
  •       Daly City ($13.75 an hour)
  •       Menlo Park ($15 an hour)
  •       Mountain View ($16.05 an hour)
  •       Palo Alto ($15.40 an hour)
  •       Redwood City ($15.38 an hour)
  •       Santa Clara ($15.40 an hour)
  •       South San Francisco ($15 an hour)
  •       Sunnyvale ($16.05 an hour)

Nutritional Labels 

The FDA updated regulations for nutritional labels. Starting January 1st 2020, the FDA will require all companies exceeding $10 million revenue to comply with the new changes. Companies with revenue under 10 million have until January 2021 to comply. 

Serving size, servings per container, and calories per serving all have increased font size and are required to be bolded – to ensure they are easy to read at a glance. Along with the font size increase, the actual serving size has to reflect the amount consumers typically consume in one sitting. 

A new category has been added to nutritional information: “Added Sugars.” The reason for this addition comes from the increased difficulty to stay within the daily recommended caloric range since more than 10% of a consumers’ diet is derived from added sugars. 

Vitamins A & C have been completely removed from the label due to the lack of relevance considering deficiency is very rare in this day and age. 


California lawmakers are seeking to reduce waste from single-use packaging and plasticware by 75% by 2030. Starting in July 2020, restaurants will be prohibited from providing customers with single-use carryout bags, plastic stirrers, cups, straws, takeout containers, or any other food container made from expanded polystyrene. 

Female Directors, now Required in California 

All public restaurant companies based in California will be required to include at least one woman on their board of directors. If a company has five seats on its board, they are required to have two female directors. Companies with six or more seats on their board will be required to have at least three female directors. This is to help promote gender equality in the corporate world. 

Business Compliance

EyeSpy offers management direction and training to make sure you and your employees are compliant with all the laws you need to follow. EyeSpy works with industry HR and legal experts and offers those same resources to our clients. Contact EyeSpy today for an assessment of your business needs.