DLLR at Your Door October 2008

A Message from Secretary Perez

This month we announced DLLR’s Division of Labor and Industry recovered a record amount of wages owed to Maryland workers. The news was a welcome development after the Department’s capacity to enforce wage and hour law was nearly eliminated during the previous administration. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the DLLR staff members who dedicate their time and energy to enforcing Maryland’s wage and hour laws on behalf of hard working Marylanders, and to thank them for their commitment. Their hard work to rebuild the division’s capacity has paid off, and will continue to pay off in the future. The current national economic picture illustrates what can happen without adequate regulation. Smart regulation and enforcement of critical worker protection laws not only help us fight worker exploitation, but also help to ensure a level playing field for employers who play by the rules. 

Division of Labor and Industry Recovered a Record $1.24 Million in Wages Owed to Maryland Workers

Through the enforcement of wage and hour laws and the prevailing wage, the Division of Labor and Industry recovered a record $1.24 million in wages owed to Maryland workers in Fiscal Year 2008. In April 2008, Prevailing Wage investigators collected $145,452 in restitution for 14 employees of Certified Roofing Systems Inc. The employees were performing sheet metal work on a project at Salisbury State University, but were Maryland Workersbeing paid the lower wage required for roofers. Those wages recovered on behalf of the 14 workers contributed to the total of $1,241,015 collected in Fiscal Year 2008, compared to $540,961 the previous year. In the years before Governor O’Malley was elected, funding for the enforcement of worker protection laws was decimated, and completely eliminated in Fiscal Year 2005. Under Secretary Perez’s leadership, restoring the Department’s capacity to enforce worker protection laws is a top priority. For more information on filing a complaint, call 410 767-2386. 

A New Mobile Workforce Unit Will Help Serve More Eastern Shore Workers In Need of Employment and Training ServicesNew Mobile Workforce Unit

The Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board (USWIB) has recently acquired the mobile unit. The unit is called M-1 and is equipped with 10 computers, an internet satellite and resource information to assist Marylanders in the five upper shore counties. The new unit can transport up to five staff members to work directly with customers, matching them with the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWE). Staff will work with clients to develop strong interview and resume skills and provide on-line job application assistance. M-1 staff will also provide GED practice testing, and placement testing for Chesapeake College.

The new M-1 will be deployed for various purposes, including assisting youth as they prepare for first time jobs, traveling to rapid response events for dislocated workers, and participating in job fairs and other employment related events.

The Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board serves the workforce needs of residents and businesses in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester Counties.

Nationwide Mortgage Licensing SystemNationwide Mortgage Licensing System

Maryland will begin transitioning into a Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) under the guidance of Financial Regulation Commissioner Sarah Bloom Raskin. All states are required to join this national system as a result of the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act (“SAFE”) signed by President Bush on July 30, 2008. The NMLS provides a unique identifying number and record for each mortgage originator and lender. 

The NMLS has been designed to streamline the licensing process, improve supervision and increase transparency in the mortgage industry. NMLS contains a single record for each mortgage lender, broker, and loan originator. The NMLS will permit participants to electronically apply for, amend and renew licenses in any participating jurisdiction. The federal mandate states that all 50 States must begin to comply by July, 2009.

Nationwide Cooperative Agreement and Protocol for Mortgage Supervision

Meanwhile, in the spirit of interstate regulatory cooperation, Commissioner Raskin has also signed, on behalf of Maryland, a Nationwide Cooperative Agreement and Protocol for Mortgage Supervision governing how Maryland will examine large multi-state mortgage companies.  The agreement and protocol sets forth a framework that permits member states to share information and streamlines state mortgage supervision of these multi-state mortgage lenders. Unlike the NMLS, participation in the Nationwide Cooperative Agreement and Protocol is voluntary and not a federal mandate. 

45 states and the District of Columbia have entered into the Nationwide Cooperative Agreement and Protocol. 

DLLR and DISA Partner to Highlight Federal Job Opportunities

DISA and DLLR logos

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has partnered with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) to host a career and information expo, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel in Linthicum, MD. U.S. citizens can learn about future employment and career opportunities with DISA as it prepares to move to Ft. Meade, MD starting in October 2010 under the Base Realignment and Closure Act.

Workshops include:
    • DISA 101: Discover the varied missions of DISA in support of the Warfighter! Discover your future in DISA.
    • The Security Clearance Challenge-How Your Past Affects Your Future: Understanding the government’s clearance process and how events from the past may affect your ability to get a security clearance.
    • The Art of Resume Writing: Learn effective techniques for building a successful Government resume.
    • The DISA Education Advantage: “If knowledge is power, power is DISA...” Discover how DISA’s Career and Leadership Development Programs can benefit you.
    • Senior Leader Mentoring Sessions - DISA is offering “personalized” mentoring sessions with some of DISA’s finest top leaders. For professionals in all occupations this is your chance to ask tough questions and get direct answers.

Please Note: Space is limited for the Senior Leader Mentoring Sessions and will be assigned on a first-come, first serve basis. Interested attendees are encouraged to arrive early and pre-register at the designated area.

For more Information, call DISA’s Manpower, Personnel and Security Directorate Office, Civilian Personnel Division at (703) 607-6933 or to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Communications Office at (410) 230-6071.

State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
500 N. Calvert Street / Baltimore, Maryland 21202
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