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Operating a restaurant involves a lot of moving parts – most controlled by you, but many controlled by laws, regulations, licenses and permits. Alcoholic beverages, food safety, labor practices and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (the healthcare mandate) are significant – and then there is everything else.

Get to know the regulatory agencies that govern such things as sidewalk cafes, signage, noise, fire safety and more. And, get to know about the efforts being made by RAMW on your behalf to improve the regulatory environment.

FAQ: DC Required Harassment Training

October 4, 2022
DC Operators are likely hearing more and more about the requirement that DC restaurant operators with at least one tipped employee, provide harassment prevention training every two years to all employees. This requirement is a part of the Tipped Workers Fairness Amendment Act, which, if you recall, was passed in 2018 as part of the repeal of Initiative 77. There has been a long pause in implementation, largely due to Covid, but now the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES) are certifying trainers and putting the mechanisms in place for businesses to...

RAMW CEO Search Launches, Position Live

September 28, 2022
President and CEO, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington is seeking a charismatic, proactive and innovative President and CEO who has the passion and vision to lead the organization into the future. Building on the strength and success of the organization, the individual will navigate the shifting marketplace dynamics while increasing the impact that RAMW has on behalf of its members. In partnership with the Association and Foundation Boards and staff, the President and CEO is responsible for executing and developing a...Read more

Tips vs. Service Charges: Critical Insight from CPA Eats

September 26, 2022
The days of tipping in DC are likely numbered, or at a minimum about to seriously change. Initiative 82 will pass into law and fundamentally transform the compensation model for tens of thousands of workers in the restaurant industry. At Harmony we have concerns about whether this initiative will actually lead to better outcomes for hourly workers because the likely transition from a tipped system to a service charge system is rife with opportunities for money to be transferred from hourly workers to management. We believe strongly in working with businesses that add value to all stakeholders...

Learn More About Initiative 82 and Support Tipped Employees

September 26, 2022
What is Initiative 82, and how would it affect restaurant and bar workers? The District of Columbia Tip Credit Elimination Act of 2021 or Initiative 82 is being considered by D.C. voters this November to eliminate the tip credit for restaurant and bar workers. If passed, this measure will severely reduce take home pay for servers and bartenders across our city. Under the current system, the tip credit guarantees that servers and bartenders receive the minimum wage but enables tipped employees to earn well above that amount – about $26 per hour, on average , according to the Bureau of...

Do No Harm

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September 20, 2022
Do no harm is a basic tenet of medicine. Although the goal is always to treat disease and alleviate suffering, a physician must always try to protect the patient from any further injury. Likewise in the food service industry. Restaurants want to create and deliver enjoyable experiences to their customers. That’s why they’re in business. But, just as with healthcare, they also need to protect their customers from foodborne illnesses. Simply put, they need to safeguard the customer, the staff, and the brand.

ABRA: License Renewals, Remaining Holiday Weekends Eligible for Extended Hours, & More

September 12, 2022
All information below is posted as shared through the 09.12.22 edition of ABRA's Last Cal Newsletter: Extended Hours There are four (4) holiday weekends remaining in 2022 that are eligible for extended hours . They include: Indigenous Peoples' Day Weekend | Friday, October 7 – Monday, October 10 Veterans Day Weekend | Thursday, November 10 – Sunday, November 13 T hanksgiving Day Weekend | Wednesday, November 23 – Sunday, November 27 C hristmas Day Weekend | Friday, December 23 – Monday, December 26 Establishments registered in the program may sell and serve...

Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act Reminders and Deadlines

August 10, 2022
Information provided by RAMW Industry Partner, CPA Eats. As we gear up for another referendum on the Tipped Minimum Wage (Initiative 82), it’s important to be aware of an important law that passed after the last referendum in 2018. From the DC Office of Human Rights: "The Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act (TWWF) requires District employers who hire individuals earning tips as wages to inform their employees about their rights and benefits.” Compliance with notice requirements has largely centered around the posting of Employee Rights in the District of Columbia...

Big News From RAMW, Kathy Hollinger to Depart after 10 Years of Leadership

August 2, 2022
You may have already heard the news that I am leaving RAMW, a decision that I gave immense thought in making. RAMW, and all of you, have been my family, community and my dedicated focus for 10 long and meaningful years. I will be here to support the next steps through the coming months, and I will continue to support you every step of the way as a new President and CEO is onboarded. I assure you that RAMW is stronger than ever and here for you.

Make Healthy Living Part of Every Workday

March 8, 2022
Any business, no matter how small, can create a workplace culture that encourages healthy lifestyles. It involves offering programs that support healthier behaviors, educating employees about health issues, and making health-related objectives part of your corporate policy. Take a look at our tips for creating a culture of health in your workplace. ---- The restaurant business is rewarding but tough. Operators need a health care plan that works as hard as they do. That’s why RAMW has partnered with USI Insurance Services and Kaiser Permanente to develop a plan that is flexible,...

National Landing BID and RAMW Announce Second Annual “Love Local” $100K COVID-19 Recovery and Relief Program

February 10, 2022
Funds Will Support Open and Eligible Restaurants and Small Businesses in Pentagon City, Crystal City and Potomac Yar d ARLINGTON, VA - February 10, 2022 - National Landing Business Improvement District (BID) , in coordination with Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) , today announced the return of Love Local , a grant program created in 2021 to provide funding and promotional support for National Landing restaurants and small businesses. The current round of funding of up to $100,000 for this initiative is intended to help small businesses cover pay for workers’ wages...Read more