Two state legislators have introduced measures that would allow dogs on restaurant and bar patios in the state of Ohio. The ORA is in favor of giving business owners a choice to have dogs outside. For more information, or to express concerns over the bills, contact: Rep. Laura Lanese at 614-466-9690 or at email@example.com and Sen. Bill Coley at 614-466-8072 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The payroll True-up period for private employers begins July 1, 2017. Payroll true-up reports are due to BWC no later than Aug. 15, 2017.
At the end of each private employer policy period (July), it is necessary to reconcile estimated payroll with actual payroll. This is called the True-up. This report can be completed online at: http://ow.ly/4mWUlm or over the phone by calling 1-800-644-6292.
This payroll True-up process is part of prospective billing, and as a result, Ohio businesses are required to reconcile their actual payroll annually for the prior policy year and also reconcile any differences in premium paid. According to BWC, the True-up allows more accurate premium calculation. Even if actual payroll for the year matches the original BWC estimate or a business had zero payroll, the True-up report must be completed.
The quickest and easiest way to True-up is online with a BWC e-account. If you do not have a BWC e-account you can create one by signing on to: https://www.bwc.ohio.gov/SelfSvcAccountAdmin/newacc.asp.
You can also complete the True-up through the BWC call center however wait times may be extremely high, as a result BWC encourages the use of their online reporting system.
Again, August 15, 2017 is the due date for your True-up report to be completed with BWC. This is a critical deadline, as the BWC has indicated that if a business does not complete the True-up timely, they may not be eligible for current, and future alternative rating and premium discount programs such as Group Rating and Group Retrospective Rating. Once more, reports must be submitted either online at (http://ow.ly/4mWUlm) or by phone at 800.644.6292.
Below are a couple of youtube video links that you may find helpful in the process:
ORA Local Restaurant Alliance self-defense class calls attention to a wider need for legislative reform to stop repeat offenders
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Aug. 7, 2017) - This Thursday, women from Columbus’ restaurants will have the opportunity to learn how to keep themselves safe and feel empowered during the late hours of the food service industry.
Carly Hensley, Community Engagement Specialist with FUSIAN, will lead a self-defense training on Thursday, August 10 from 4-6 p.m. at High Line Car House (550 S. High Street).
Food service workers, as well as the general public, are invited to attend.
“I am honored to lead this self-defense class with others in my industry and those supporting the life and memory of Reagan Tokes,” Hensley said. “No one ever wants to think of themselves as a victim. However, it is imperative to prepare yourself in case that becomes a reality.”
In February 2017, Tokes, an employee of Bodega and FUSIAN restaurants, was abducted while leaving her evening shift in the Short North. Her presence is strongly felt throughout the Central Ohio restaurant community.
“I am saddened that we will not be able to attend the event of empowerment the evening of August 10th in memory of our daughter, Reagan Tokes. We are grateful to the Columbus Restaurant Alliance, Carly Hensley of FUSIAN, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown, State Representative Kristin Boggs and all others involved in promoting this event. It takes courage to step up to the plate to do something to inspire change, to take action, to educate and empower employees and to improve work place environments and practices,” said Lisa McCrary-Tokes.
Columbus City Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown and State Representative Kristin Boggs will both be in attendance.
“It is exciting to see businesses take action to address their employees’ needs – even those that extend beyond the doors of the restaurant,” said Councilwoman Brown. “Across all our neighborhoods, no person should ever feel helpless, especially those who work late hours.”
State Rep. Boggs is working on legislation that would address needed reforms to better protect the public from repeated violent offenders. Her bill will be named after Reagan Tokes.
"The current system failed Reagan, and it is in tribute to her life that we will be pushing for some common sense legislative changes to prevent this from happening to again," Rep. Boggs said. "I believe legislative action, and programs like this, will be instrumental in preventing violent crimes from happening in our community."
“We agree with State Rep. Boggs, the system failed Reagan and change is desperately needed on a multitude of levels to prevent a tragedy like this from occurring again. We are actively, continually, pursuing legislative change behind the scenes to the current laws that are in place that allowed these failures to occur, in addition, we are in communication with city officials on ways to improve the safety of Columbus for its citizens so a tragedy like ours could possibly be prevented in the future. We are thankful that many are joining our crusade to ACT in honor of Reagan, for actions conquer tragedy. Our action is fueled by faith, love and loss,” McCrary-Tokes added.
Ohio ProStart, the exclusive industry training program for high school juniors and seniors pursuing culinary arts and restaurant management careers, is hosting its first golf outing on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Fox Meadow Country Club in Medina.
The Ohio ProStart Golf Outing is in need of golf foursomes, sponsors and prize donations. The cost is $175 per golfer.
Sponsorship packages range from $500 - $2,500. Click here to see the sponsorship opportunities.
Find complete information and event registration by clicking here.
ProStart receives partial funding from the state budget to operate its program; however, it also relies on the support of fundraising events to supplement its budget and the golf outing is the major event for this year.
What: Ohio ProStart Golf Outing
When: Sept. 12, shotgun start at 11 a.m.
Where: Fox Meadow Country Club
4260 Fox Meadow Dr, Medina, OH 44256
Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Lunch, beverages and after-play appetizers are all included in the cost.
By Torrey Kim
As demand for restaurant delivery continues to rise, eateries are faced with the question of whether they should launch a delivery service to build sales for their locations. Choosing between an in-house delivery system or outsourcing it is an important consideration, as is knowing what questions to ask a potential delivery service. Getting the whole picture can help ease the process of transitioning into delivery and ensuring that the restaurant is prepared for it.
Are you ready to hear a good, ol’ Nashville guitar pull? Three BMI singer/songwriters from Nashville are embarking on a two-month tour through Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and Illinois: Kristen Kelly, Jimmy Stanley, and Clint Daniels.
We sent a call out in the spring to ORA restaurant members to sign up to be a stop on this summertime tour at no cost to the restaurant. These events are opportunities for the Ohio Restaurant Association and one of its Strategic Partner, BMI, to show some love and appreciation to our members!
The two stops in Ohio include Sunday, Aug. 20 in Columbus at ORA member Rambling House and Monday, Aug 21. in Athens at ORA member The Pigskin Bar and Grille. Both shows start at 7:00 p.m. and there’s no cover at either location. Gather your friends and come out to one or both of these cool neighborhood locations to enjoy craft beverages and hear some great music!
For more information, contact tour locations directly.
Seven student teams competed at the first Ohio ProStart Capital City Burger Battle held at the Ohio State Fair this past Sunday. Two students from Lancaster High School, Hannah Glenn and Morgan Philbrick, won the battle with their creation, the Hawaiian Burger.
Ohio High Point Career Center, Ponitz Career and Technology Center, and Lancaster High School all had multiple student teams compete.
Each team had 30 minutes to prepare their best burger creation on butane burners without the use of water or electricity. There were 10 industry judges from around Ohio who scored the competition in the areas of product check-in, sanitarian, work skills, taste and appearance, menu and recipe.
The third place burger, West Coast Burger which included kale, sliced mushrooms, barbeque sauce, avocado slices and provolone cheese, was prepared by Jake Glenaman.
The Island Burger placed second and included smoked cheddar cheese, spam, and lettuce on a challah bun prepared by Thomas Anders and Rebekah Steelman.
The winning burger, the Hawaiian Burger, bested the competition with its combination of pineapple slices, teriyaki sauce, red onion, provolone cheese as well as secret ingredient for added flavor on a challah bun prepared by Hannah Glenn and Morgan Philbrick.
The Ohio Beef Council sponsored this event and provided the beef used to prepare the burgers. The Beef Council presented trophies to the winning team as well as all three teams won scholarships to Sullivan University.
Look for the 2nd Annual ProStart Capital City Burger Battle at the 2018 Ohio State Fair!