Grocery Compliance Toolkit

Doing business in California is growing more difficult each year. Thousands of state and local agencies and departments regulate all aspects of our business – from our parking lots to our store shelves, to our stock rooms, to our warehouses, to our corporate offices.

Understanding and managing risks associated with complying with state regulations in the grocery industry is an increasingly complex and frustrating endeavor.

To assist CGA grocery retail members, the Association has created a Grocery Compliance Toolkit with accompanying seminars/webinars to explain retailer obligations and stay ahead of enforcement actions.




California recently enacted new Clear and Reasonable Warning regulations under the state’s Proposition 65. They will have a significant impact on your overall Prop 65 compliance program.

This tool kit will help you understand what is required of retailers and how you may need to change the way you interact with your suppliers and customers to meet the new standards.

While clarification in the requirements was needed, it is now the obligation of retailers to meet those new, detailed standards. And this tool kit can help you be prepared when the regulations take effect.

CGA has contracted with the law firm of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell to create a comprehensive, user-friendly toolkit for Proposition 65 compliance.


CGA released the toolkit at a Prop. 65 Compliance Toolkit Seminar on Nov. 10, in Los Angeles. Attendees received a copy of the compliance toolkit and be instructed by Rogers Joseph O’Donnell representatives on how to utilize its material.

If you were unable to attend the seminar, CGA is hosting a one-and-a-half hour webinar on Nov. 16. Attendees will be provided link to download a pdf version of the compliance manual.

Prop. 65 Compliance Toolkit WEBINAR
November 16, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

To Register:

To register for the Nov. 16 Webinar, click here.

CGA has completed three compliance tool kits that address California Labor and Employment Law, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Hazardous Waste Disposal. Toolkit descriptions are below. Associates from CGA member companies can download the toolkits and view an accompanying webinar by clicking here.

COMPLIANCE TOOL NO. 3: California Labor and Employment Law

The latest “tool” covers the complexities of California Labor and Employment Law. The toolkit is designed to help CGA-member grocers navigate the myriad of state legal requirements directly impacting the grocery industry.

California grocers face an increasingly complicated landscape of employer requirements. Making mistakes can be costly to unwind, even when errors are technical in nature. Our new toolkit can help you understand many of the obligations you have as a business owner or operator in California, and help you avoid mistakes.

Labor and employment law topics to be covered include: wage and hour compliance; exempt vs. non-exempt employees; meal and rest issues; employee seating; wage statements; protected employee leave and other time off work; and how to handle employee complaints.

Getting this information can help your company avoid costly litigation or enforcement action from the State of California.

CGA has contracted with the law firm of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell to create a comprehensive, user-friendly toolkit for California Labor and Employment Law compliance.


COMPLIANCE TOOL NO. 2: Americans with Disabilities Act

California’s grocers are increasingly seen as great targets for opportunistic drive-by ADA public access lawsuits. Despite recent changes to law, serial plaintiffs have continued to send demand letters and file frivolous lawsuits against grocers in an attempt to extract monetary settlements.

Often, these plaintiffs never actually enter a location or have access interfered with. They also frequently have no intention of working with businesses to help achieve compliance and actually improve access, if needed, for disabled individuals. The situation is especially frustrating for grocers given their commitment to serving the public and providing access to all potential customers.

CGA has contracted with the Sacramento-based law firm of Downey Brand LLP, to create a comprehensive, user-friendly toolkit for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.



  • Overview of public access law
  • Understanding obligations for landlords vs tenants
  • Parking and paths of travel
  • Signage
  • Merchandise access
  • Restrooms
  • Point of Sale Issues
  • Service Animals



In recent years, local District Attorneys and the State of California have begun aggressive enforcement of hazardous waste disposal laws in the retail community. Several high profile, high dollar settlements have led some localities to push for fines as a mechanism to fund ongoing department operations.

The grocery industry is considered an easy target given the highly complex and technical nature of the myriad requirements. Definitions in the law make it difficult to determine which products are to be considered hazardous waste and therefore be handled separately.

Often, well-intended or unintentional consumer and employee behavior can lead to significant enforcement problems for grocers. And the high dollar settlements provide a powerful incentive for enforcement entities to prioritize punishment rather than work with the grocery industry to reach a better level of compliance.

CGA has contracted with Environmental Resources Management (ERM), the world’s leading sustainability consultancy, and the Sacramento-based law firm of Downey Brand LLP, to create this comprehensive, user-friendly toolkit for hazardous waste disposal.


  • Tools to help manage risk and reduce the possibility of enforcement action
  • State law compliance requirements
  • CGA Hazardous Waste Toolkit implement instructions for store level
  • Information on enforcement tactics

The Grocery Compliance Toolkit has been made possible by generous support from the CGA Educational Foundation and the CGA Independent Operators Committee  For more information on the Foundation, visit