Notes and Quotes for February 2018

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:   ‘Minimize the damage’ “Since the legislature has made its decision without regard to employers’ concerns, we will now ask for a delay in the effective date to give businesses time to prepare for the mandate. And we will continue working to find ways to minimize the damage the law will do to employers and their employees.” — Christine Ross, president and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, after the General Assembly overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the paid sick leave bill. The chamber says […]

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Roy Rogers upgrades tech with mobile app

FREDERICK, Md. — Roy Rogers Restaurants recently launched an online ordering service and the second phase of its loyalty app, Roy’s Rewards. With the new ordering service, customers can place orders with the click of a button from home and pick up their orders at a nearby Roy Rogers location, according to a news release from the Plamondon Companies, owner of the restaurants in the mid-Atlantic. The second-phase launch includes online ordering, e-gift cards and increased flexibility when redeeming rewards points. For every dollar spent at the quick-serve restaurant chain, Roy’s Rewards users will receive one point. With new enhancements, […]

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Experts say business leaders must address sexual harassment

Workplace bullying, including sexual harassment, can cost businesses productivity, employees, reputation and cash, according to consultants, researchers, attorneys and a national task force. Jerry Carbo, Shippensburg (Pa.) University professor of management and marketing and an expert in workplace bullying, served on that Equal Employment Opportunity tax force. The panel released a report in 2016 after 18 months of study. Nearly two years after that experience, as high-profile reports of sexual harassment hit the news, Carbo said, “It’s been a long time coming.” “There’s no excuse at this point for not dealing with it. … It’s really not that hard,” he […]

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‘Nurturing and understanding’ as a manager

Breanne Hinnant, general manager, Olive Garden in Frederick, Md.   Breanne Hinnant’s rise to restaurant leadership included a few rungs on the education ladder. The new general manager of the Olive Garden in Frederick, Md., Hinnant grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She started in the restaurant industry as a host and server in a local breakfast restaurant. She also worked at a few local restaurants throughout her summers to save money for college. A student-athlete, she played volleyball and softball at Peace College in Raleigh, N.C., then was recruited to Converse College, a Division II school in South […]

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Adventure Park USA launches new VR attraction

MONROVIA, Md. — Adventure Park USA recently unveiled a fully immersive attraction, Hologate Virtual Reality. Hologate VR will join the collection of games, rides and attractions that make up Maryland’s largest family entertainment center. Hologate VR offers guests a chance to experience futuristic, interactive gaming while immersed in a new dimension of thrill, according to a news release. With the HTC Vive headset, players will be transported into a new reality, and users can move about in the virtual world just as they are in the physical world. Originally from Germany, Hologate VR is starting to make waves on the […]

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