from the Secretary
Welcome to our inaugural edition of “Dollar at your Door”,
a newsletter that will inform you on issues, programs and policies
offered at DLLR. You will find valuable information on the various
Divisions, Boards and Commissions, and you will see how we strive
to protect consumers through our unemployment insurance program,
workforce development initiatives, our financial regulation policies
and licensing programs. I encourage you to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and give us your input, as well as request more information on
what DLLR has to offer.
Employee Activities Planned for Disability Employment Awareness Month
October 1 - October 31
DLLR will be sponsoring health, education and
information programs for employees, committed to establishing
and maintaining a workplace free of unlawful discrimination. The
DLLR Office of Equal Opportunity and Program Equity has the primary
responsibility for developing and monitoring the Department’s
EO/AA Program. Goals of the Office include:
For more information on Disability Employment Awareness Month,
contact Yvette Dickens, 410-230-6326.
- Assuring the implementation
of and compliance with civil rights, equal opportunity and minority
business enterprise laws, rules and regulations;
- Reducing and eliminating
the effects of discrimination in employment and in the delivery
of services provided by and through the Department;
- Removing barriers, whether
real or artificial, in order that current and prospective employees
may realize their full employment potential; and
- Coordinating and providing
mechanisms to promote volunteerism among DLLR’s employees.
|NEW LIVING WAGE LAW
Secretary Perez announced that as of October 1, 2007 contractors
doing business with the State will be subject to a new living wage
law. The Living Wage Law requires certain contractors and subcontractors
seeking to do business with the State to ensure that their workers
are paid either $11.30 per hour or $8.50 per hour, depending upon
the jurisdiction where the services are performed. Click here for
more information Living Wage Information
| NEW UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT INCREASE
A law that went into effect October 7, 2007 increased
the unemployment insurance maximum weekly benefit amount. The maximum weekly benefit amount will increase
from $340 to $380 for individuals who file new claims on or after
October 7, 2007. Individuals who are
currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits will continue
to receive their existing benefit amounts. Unemployment insurance
(UI) benefits are based on an individual’s prior earnings, and can
range from $25 to the maximum allowed under the law. The average
UI weekly benefit amount in Maryland is $278. Click here for more information
Increase in UI
| DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR HOME
All home inspectors doing business
in Maryland must be licensed by January 1, 2008.
A total of 470 people have submitted applications
for licenses with 1,200 expected to be issued licenses by December 31, 2007. To date:
- 224 have been issued Home Inspector Licenses
- 246 have been approved but are pending processing
The new licensing program was created to ensure
more consumer protection and is regulated by DLLR’s Maryland Real
Estate Appraiser and Home Inspector Commission. For
more information log onto http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/occprof/reappr.html
BOXING BOUT BANNED
In response to a complaint,
the State Athletic Commission conducted and completed an investigation
in regard to illegal, unsanctioned boxing bouts which were scheduled
to occur on the afternoon of September 29, 2007 at a tavern located
in eastern Baltimore County. The Commission
immediately contacted North Point Precinct 12 of the Baltimore
County Police Department by telephone and e-mail, informing the
precinct's supervising officer of the information it had received.
A police officer was assigned to talk to the tavern's owner regarding
the pertinent state statutory and regulatory provisions prohibiting
such boxing bouts, and to stop the bouts from taking place. Another
police officer was assigned to visit the tavern during the time
period scheduled for the bouts and to guarantee that no boxing
occurred. In addition to ensuring that the illegal boxing bouts
were cancelled (and possibly saving participants from suffering
serious medical injuries), the Commission was also able to establish
ties with the Baltimore County Police Department's vice unit in
an effort to exchange information and effectively plan for future
combined investigations of unsanctioned boxing activity. “Our
primary concern is always safety," said Maryland State Athletic
Commission Executive Director Patrick Pannella. "This investigation
is a good example of different government agencies working together
to make a productive difference in the lives of the citizens we
OF MORTGAGE LOAN OFFICER
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Secretary Thomas E. Perez applauded Commissioner Sarah Bloom Raskin
and the Enforcement Unit for issuing a cease and desist order
to a mortgage loan officer doing business in Maryland
without a license.
Fredrick Lee Jr. and the Financial
Independence Group received the legal order Thursday,
September 13, 2007, following a six month investigation
by DLLR’s Division of Financial Regulation Enforcement Unit. An individual connected to the Financial
Independence Group called DLLR’s Enforcement Unit in February
of 2007, and requested an investigation into possible scam activity
in the organization. That investigation uncovered that Fredrick
Lee Jr. was originating loans through 1st Continental
Mortgage. Over the course of nine months, Mr. Lee originated 42
loans that closed in Maryland without a license.
“Engaging in unauthorized mortgage lending is
not only illegal, but also harms many Maryland
consumers who believe that they are doing business with a licensed
originator,” said Financial Regulation Commissioner Sarah Bloom
Raskin. “The State of Maryland
will not tolerate such blatant illegality.”
The investigation into Fredrick Lee Jr. and the Financial Independence
Group remains ongoing.
PEREZ JOINS GOVERNOR O'MALLEY AS HE OUTLINES PLAN TO RECAPTURE
SLOTS REVENUE FOR MARYLAND
Governor Martin O’Malley, joined by Lieutenant Governor Anthony
Brown and Secretary Thomas Perez, outlined his plan to protect
horse-related open space, agriculture and jobs in Maryland.
Standing with horse breeders, owners, trainers, and others at
Maryland Stallion Station in Baltimore County, Governor O’Malley
showed his support for slot machines
to preserve Maryland's
horseracing and breeding industries.
“Horseracing and breeding in Maryland
are suffering, a fact bad enough on its own but made worse by
the news across our borders," said Secretary Tom Perez. “The industries
in West Virginia,
Delaware and Pennsylvania
are galloping past ours, mostly as a result of slots.”
GOVERNOR O'MALLEY MET with GWIB
Governor Martin O'Malley attended the September 12, 2007 Governor's Workforce Investment Board
meeting. The Governor applauded GWIB Executive Director Eric Seleznow
and his team for "Holding down the GWIB fort every day and doing
an outstanding job." In addition he thanked William G. "Bill"
Robertson for serving as the new chair of the GWIB.
Governor O'Malley thanked the GWIB for its efforts to address
challenges and went on to comment about the most pressing issues
employers face chronic worker shortages in skilled trades, technology
and healthcare. There is also a large portion of the population
that lacks even the most basic skills needed to compete. Workforce
creation as an economic development strategy for Maryland
is a top priority for the Governor, his staff and the entire Administration.
Governor O'Malley commented that Lt. Governor Anthony Brown has
done a great job on one of Maryland's greatest workforce challenges
- preparing for the arrival of thousands upon thousands of BRAC
JOB FAIR CALENDAR
|October 30, 2007
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
FALL 2007 STATE JOB FAIR
War Memorial Plaza
101 North Gay Street
|November 1, 2007
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
CITYPAPER FALL JOB FAIR
Embassy Suites Baltimore North
213 International Circle
Hunt Valley, MD
|November 1, 2007
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
RECRUIT MILITARY CAREER FAIR
M&T Bank Stadium
1101 Russell Street
|November 1, 2007
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
EAST COUNTY JOB FAIR
East County Regional Center
3310 Gateshead Manor Way
Silver Spring, MD
MontgomeryWorks is co-sponsoring the event with Congressman
Wynn, Eastern Montgomery Regional Services, Manpower and
East County Community Center.
301-929-4350, ext. 2011
|November 2, 2007
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
FALL 2007 HCC JOB FAIR
Burrill Galleria / Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Open to the public. Parking garage available at no cost.
|November 7, 2007
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
FORT MEADE VETERANS JOB FAIR
6600 Mapes Road
Fort Meade, MD
This event is open to all job seekers. Job Seekers who
desire to attend the event must have in their possession,
(1) a valid driver’s license, (2) proof of insurance
for vehicle and (3) a current vehicle registration form.
All job seekers must enter the installation by using the
Reece Road (Main Gate) entrance located off MD Route #175.
|November 14, 2007
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
VETERANS’ JOB FAIR
American Legion Post 91
601 Radiance Drive (Just before the Choptank River Bridge)
Open to the general public.
410-822-3030, ext. 320
|November 14, 2007
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
AMERICAN LEGION JOB FAIR
American Legion Post #136
6900 Greenbelt Road
Sponsored by the Prince George's One Stop Career Center
(Largo) & American Legion. Open to all job seekers.
Maryland Workforce Exchange registration preferred
|November 15, 2007
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
HONORING OUR VETERANS CAREER FAIR EVENT
Pikesville Armory Reservation
610 Reisterstown Road
This event is open to all job seekers.
TTY USERS, CALL VIA THE
MARYLAND RELAY SERVICE
State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
500 North Calvert Street Baltimore, MD 21202