Maryland Department of Labor Hosts Employment Rights and Safety Forum


BALTIMORE, MD (January 18, 2012) - The Maryland Department of Labor Division of Labor and Industry, in partnership with Towson University, hosted the inaugural Employment Rights and Safety Forum earlier today. Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez, Commissioner of Labor and Industry Ron DeJuliis, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Towson University President Maravene Loeschke provided remarks touting state and local efforts to protect workers and create jobs.

The forum brought employers, policy makers and labor leaders together to discuss public safety, wage and hour issues, workplace fraud, apprenticeship and training opportunities and issues pertaining to the state’s workplace safety laws. More than 550 people attended the session at Towson University.

"The Division of Labor and Industry continues to take proactive steps to engage employers, industry leaders and workers in productive conversations that will move Maryland forward," said Secretary Sanchez. "Under Commissioner DeJuliis’s leadership, the Maryland Department of Labor’s Workplace Fraud Unit has taken great measures to protect workers and level the playing field for honest, law-abiding business owners. Today’s forum is another opportunity for DLLR to educate all stakeholders about new laws and safety regulations that protect wages and lives."

"I am very pleased that the Maryland Department of Labor is holding this important conference in Baltimore County. As we continue to work our way out of a very difficult economy, government must do all that it can to help our employers maximize opportunities and increase employment opportunities," said County Executive Kamenetz.

The Maryland Labor Department oversees the state’s efforts to train a skilled workforce and provides vital safety nets for working families, including wage and safety protections. Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, the Division of Labor and Industry (DLI) has been rebuilt and is committed to enforcing laws that protect working Marylanders and level the playing field for honest, law-abiding businesses.

The Workplace Fraud Act, which is enforced by DLI’s Workplace Fraud Unit, passed the General Assembly in 2009 with bipartisan support and has provided the state with a vital tool to ensure all construction and landscaping companies in the state are properly classifying workers. Since the law was enacted, 660 companies have been audited by the Workplace Fraud Unit and more than 98 percent were found to be in compliance with the law.

The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation protects and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, providing a safety net and cultivating a thriving workforce that can meet the demands of Maryland’s dynamic economy. For updates and information, follow DLLR on Twitter (@MD_DLLR) and Facebook.