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November 14, 2008
Legislation | The Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act (ASSLA) became effective November 13, 2008. The act requires all employers to provide paid sick leave to eligible employees working in the District for absences related to physical or mental illness, preventive medical care or family care, and for absences associated with domestic violence or sexual abuse.Employers must provide the following sick days to their...
November 12, 2008
Hot Topics | Featured in The Washington Post Wednesday, November 12, 2008A Diplomatic Champion for ChileBy: Dave McIntyreJust a few days after Mariano Fernandez assumed his post as Chile's ambassador to the United States, he scored his first diplomatic triumph. Serving as a judge at the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition, he convinced the four other judges at his table that a wine he particularly liked was...
November 11, 2008
Legislation | Changes to ABC Regulatory ApproachClick here to view the latest communication received from Peter Feather, Chairman of the DC ABC Board, reflecting a significant change in the penalties imposed for sale to those underage, along with other changes in the Board’s regulatory approach.RAMW continues to fight for a reasonable regulatory environment and as always we will keep you posted on...
November 7, 2008
Cloak Room | {mosimage} This edition of The Cloak Room features useful information on legislative matters, charitable events, training schedules and other news you can use.Download the full edition.Check out our ad in the Washington City Paper Food Issue on the streets now!  
November 5, 2008
Tidbits | Featured in Loudoun Times Mirror Tuesday, November 4, 2008Meals tax cooked, school bonds passBY: Elizabeth CoeVoters in Loudoun County overwhelmingly turned down the proposed meals tax Nov. 4, which would have added a small tax to food and beverages in restaurants and prepared, ready-to-serve foods in grocery stores.School bonds approvedLoudoun voters Nov. 4 approved $104 million for new school...
November 5, 2008
Legislation | Meals tax cooked, school bonds pass By Elizabeth Coe Source: Loudoun Times-Mirror TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 2008 Voters in Loudoun County overwhelmingly turned down the proposed meals tax Nov. 4, which would have added asmall tax to food and beverages in restaurants and prepared, ready-to-serve foods in grocery stores. Only about 29 percent of voters in the county voted "yes" to the...
November 4, 2008
Tidbits | Featured in The New York TimesOctober 31, 2008Speaking of Everything BY: SARAH WILDMANThe waiters at Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown see a lot of Chris Matthews, host of the opinionated “Hardball” and the lower temperature, eponymously named Sunday-morning discussion hour on MSNBC.“It’s very Christmas-y here. Very pubby. I’ll have clam chowder and prime rib,...
November 4, 2008
Tidbits | Featured in The Wall Street JournalOctober 30th, 2008People Still Have to Eat By: Nina Zagat and Tim ZagatIn the last few weeks, a lot of people have asked us how the current economic meltdown will affect America's restaurants.The short-term answer is that the crisis is already having an impact. We've recently surveyed 45,000 restaurant-goers nationwide. One-third told us that they're eating out...
October 28, 2008
Members in the News | Featured in City A.M. 10/27/08America’s Political Party Town By: Ryan BorroffWith all eyes on the US capital as the atmosphere reaches fever pitch ahead of the US elections, Washington DC has never been more interesting or exciting.What’s really surprising is how amenable it is, with its wide, tree lined boulevards, gorgeous parks and monuments and spotless avenues,steeped in history....
October 24, 2008
Press Release | For Immediate ReleaseOctober 23, 2008Office of the Press SecretaryContact: 202-282-8010 DHS Issues Supplemental Final Rule with Guidance For Employers Who Receive Social Security 'No-Match' LettersThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today issued a Supplemental Final Rule that provides additional background and analysis for the department's No-Match Rule. The DHS regulation, which was...
October 24, 2008
Members in the News | Featured in Roll CallOctober 21, 2008 What Troubled Economy? BY:Elizabeth Brotherton Are happy days here to stay? On Capitol Hill, it sure seems that way. Take, for instance, Zack’s Taverna on Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast. Like many restaurants on the Hill, this Greek eatery seems to have kept at bay the economic crisis afflicting the rest of the country. “We’re lucky. Our...
October 22, 2008
Legislation | October 23, 2008 Maria Delaney, ABRA Director, sent an announcement changing the Sale to Minor Penalty.  Following is the text from her email:“Effective immediately the penalty for staff settlement for a second sale to minor violation will change.  The present penalty is 10 days suspension with 4 stayed and 6 days served but this has been changed to 10 days suspension with 6 days...
October 22, 2008
Members in the News | Featured in The Washington Post Wednesday, October 22, 2008A Chef's Plot ThickensBy: Jane BlackIn the garden behind Restaurant Eve, chef Cathal Armstrong is growing staples for his fall menu: acorn squash, lentils, celery root and Brussels sprouts. He had hoped to have parsnips, too. But though he planted seeds for the wintry root vegetables, up sprouted a jungle of something else entirely....
October 16, 2008
Tidbits | Featured in Travel + Leisure MagazineNovember 2008 IssueWant to live—and dine—like a local in southern France? Look no furtherthan the village bistros scattered throughout the region’s countryside. The Village BistroBy: Christopher Petkanas The village bistro that may or may not also function as a café, grocery store, and bread drop-off is one of rural France’s...
October 15, 2008
Legislation | Wine Doggy Bag FAQs:Many of you have raised questions about the recently passed Wine Doggy Bag provisions. Here are the most common questions we received here in the office at RAMW, and the answers provided by RAMW’s General Counsel, Andrew J. Kline:Do I have to use the special wine doggy bags? Or can I just use a regular take away bag stapled closed? The bag or container must be secured in...

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