DLLR at Your Door - A Monthly Update from DLLR Secretary Thomas E. Perez
Greetings 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 talktotom@dllr.state.md.us 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:

  • 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.
For more information on Disability Employment Awareness Month, contact Yvette Dickens, 410-230-6326.
 
Division of Labor and Industry
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
Division of Unemployment Insurance
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 WBA
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR HOME INSPECTOR LICENSING

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

Maryland State Athletic Commission Executive Director Patrick Pannella

 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 mutually serve."

Division of Financial Regulation

INVESTIGATION 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.
 

Maryland Racing Commission

SECRETARY PEREZ JOINS GOVERNOR O'MALLEY AS HE OUTLINES PLAN TO RECAPTURE SLOTS REVENUE FOR MARYLAND

DLLR Secretary Tom Perez joins Governor Martin O'Malley as he outlines a 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’s Workforce Investment Board

GOVERNOR O'MALLEY MET with GWIB

Governor Martin O'Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and the GWIB Board

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 Maryland's workforce challenges and went on to comment about the most pressing issues facing Maryland's employers. Maryland 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 jobs.
 

Division of Workforce Development

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
Baltimore, MD
410-767-8188

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
443-452-1537

November 1, 2007
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

RECRUIT MILITARY CAREER FAIR

M&T Bank Stadium
1101 Russell Street
Baltimore, Maryland

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
Columbia, MD
Open to the public. Parking garage available at no cost.
410-772-4840

November 7, 2007
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

FORT MEADE VETERANS JOB FAIR

Club Meade
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.
410-674-5240

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)
Cambridge, MD
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
Greenbelt, MD
Sponsored by the Prince George's One Stop Career Center (Largo) & American Legion. Open to all job seekers. Maryland Workforce Exchange registration preferred
301-618-8465

November 15, 2007
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

HONORING OUR VETERANS CAREER FAIR EVENT

Pikesville Armory Reservation
610 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD
This event is open to all job seekers.
410-767-2126

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State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation 500 North Calvert Street Baltimore, MD 21202