RAM Hosts Compliance Seminar at Taste of Maryland


Melvin Thompson speaks to RAM Allied members.

It's not as easy as just opening your doors and serving food and beverage in a restaurant … my Washington readers are fully aware of how government and regulators can be your partners. Wherever your restaurant is located, it would be wise to see if you have a strong association to watch your back … politically. 

 In Maryland at the Restaurant Association of Maryland … they have one of the best in Melvin Thompson, senior vice president of government affairs and public policy. Melvin will be a speaker at the seminars held in Annapolis at the Loews Hotel as the Maryland legislators go back to work in 2013. His talk on Legislative Update
& 2013 Maryland General Assembly Session Preview
is one that should not be missed. Before the reception at 5 p.m. on January 21, it would be productive to sit in on one or more of the seminars.

With new laws and more
regulations, you have questions and the Restaurant Association of Maryland
(RAM) wants to make sure you have the answers. 

  • Did
    you know that most restaurant workers are not exempt from overtime law?
  • Did
    you know that tipped employees must be notified if a tip credit is used to
    cover a portion of their minimum wage?
  • Is
    your business required to offer health care under the new federal mandate?

Attend the RAM pre-event
seminars at the Taste of Maryland Legislative Reception on January 21 in
Annapolis. Seminars are included in event ticket price. This seminar will be
extremely helpful to owners, managers and accounting staff.  Seminar space is limited.

Register today at
or call 410-290-6800.

2 – 4 p.m.
Avoiding Labor Law Violations and
Employee Lawsuits
Presenters –
Franklin & Prokopik, Attorneys at Law; Monitor Liability Managers, LLC

Protect your business from a significant increase in wage/hour audits and
employee lawsuits by learning how to avoid the most common and costliest
management mistakes.

New Health Care Law – What Does It All Mean?
Presenter – Kelly Benefit Strategies
Learn the basics about the new law, what it means for your business and when to
start making critical decisions.

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Legislative Update
& 2013 Maryland General Assembly Session Preview

Presenter – Melvin Thompson, RAM Senior V.P. of Government Affairs &
Public Policy

5 – 7:30 p.m.

Taste of Maryland
Legislative Reception

Enjoy signature tastes
from Restaurant Association of Maryland member restaurants as you join fellow hospitality
and tourism members, as well as public officials at the most celebrated
legislative reception of the year.

The Taste of Maryland will feature an open bar with products from MillerCoors
and complimentary wines provided by the Maryland Wineries Association. In
addition, the event will showcase samples of signature dishes and tantalizing
desserts from participating RAM members.

Laura Kimmel, Restaurant Association of Maryland

About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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