The Restaurant Association of Maryland exists to promote, protect and improve the foodservice and hospitality industry in Maryland. Sexual harassment, harassment of any type and discrimination are wrong and not tolerated by the members of our Association. We are strongly committed to providing a positive workplace environment and experience for all of our employees.
Resources regarding harassment and discrimination are available with our partners at the National Restaurant Association and the EEOC.
The Restaurant Association of Maryland is aware of the accusations against Mike Isabella and the strong denial he has issued in response. Sexual harassment, harassment of any type and discrimination are wrong and not tolerated by the members of our Association. We are strongly committed to providing a positive workplace environment and experience for all of our employees. Even though the facts of this case are yet to be determined, RAM believes in due process and justice for all parties involved. However, the RAM Board of Directors feel that this accusation is detracting from the integrity of the Restaurateur of the Year award. Therefore, Mike Isabella has been removed from consideration as a finalist this year.
RAM will host an information seminar on Maryland’s new sick leave law, presented by a labor law attorney from Franklin & Prokopik. We will be discussing the specifics of the new law and how to ensure that your restaurant stays in compliance.
Space is limited! YOU MUST RSVP in order for you and/or your management team to attend. Space will be reserved and confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. See all details below.
WHEN: Monday, March 19th – 10am to 12pm
WHERE: Restaurant Association of Maryland
6301 Hillside Court
Columbia, MD 21046
MUST RSVP: Email email@example.com or call 443-539-2455
The Restaurant Association of Maryland is proud to present the Stars of the Industry Awards, which recognize excellence in the foodservice industry and their commitment to the community.
You can cast your vote for the following categories:
Click Here to Cast Your Votes!
Voting is open from March 7-28, 2018. Winners will be announced at the RAM Stars of the Industry Awards Gala on May 6, 2018 at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleue Hotel in Ocean City.
Even though this law is now in effect, there are limited regulatory guidelines in place for businesses to follow in order to be in compliance. The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation has posted some preliminary compliance guidance on their website for Maryland employers to follow, however final regulations are not expected until June.
RAM has been advising our members to begin complying with the paid sick leave law by tracking accrual for all current employees at a rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked. It is also important to know that employers with fewer than 15 employees are still required to track their employees’ accrual of hours, however the leave provided may be unpaid.
Basic Summary of Paid Sick Leave Law:
The Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) is now accepting nominations for the 64th Annual Stars of the Industry Awards Gala - A Shore Thing*.
This is the highest honor in the Maryland restaurant industry and your opinion matters! Tell us which dining establishments and industry professionals you think should be nominated.
Award Categories Include:
Chef of the Year, Favorite New Restaurant, Favorite Bar or Tavern, Favorite Restaurant, Craft Brew Program of the Year, Heart of the Industry, Allied Member of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year. For the first time ever, RAM is introducing three new Ocean City ONLY categories including Favorite New Restaurant (Ocean City only), Favorite Crab House and Favorite Boardwalk Treat.
CAST YOUR NOMINATIONS NOW!
The Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation (RAMEF) believes that high-quality, accessible, inexpensive training is the key to ensuring that every foodservice and hospitality industry employee is given the opportunity to learn, grow, and become the next industry leader. We believe this is so important, we are giving our RAM Alcohol Awareness Training away for FREE.
If you have ever found yourself standing in front of a “Gift Card Kiosk” at a local retail store and saying to yourself “Ugh, I don’t know”, you are not alone. Millions of people collectively spend billions of dollars on gift cards every year. However, most seem to be overwhelmed with the different options and ultimately unsatisfied with their purchase.
RAM is now putting together the Buyers' Guide for 2018. The deadline for ad submissions is October 20, 2017. Contact RAM at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to reserve your ad space.
See the 2017 Buyers' Guide below.
The Prince George’s County minimum wage will increase to $11.50 per hour on October 1, 2017. The “Tip Wage” in Prince George’s remains frozen at $3.63 per hour.
As a reminder, employers based in other jurisdictions who send employees into Prince George’s County are required to comply with the higher local minimum wage for employees who spend time working in the county.
October marks the two-year anniversary of the U.S. migration to EMV smart-chip enabled payment technology. Despite the fact that the migration was accompanied by a card-present fraud liability shift to the party using the least secure technology, Visa reports that only about 2 million U.S. merchants have transitioned to this new level of technology. This leaves nearly 67 percent of U.S. merchants vulnerable, as fraudsters turn their focus to non-EMV enabled businesses.
EMV, which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, is the global standard for cards equipped with computer chips and the technology used to authenticate chip-card transactions. EMV cards are embedded with a smart chip that creates a unique transaction code that cannot be used again, improving the payment security for consumers.
How criminals take advantage
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