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Maryland Manual, 1961-62
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Appropriations 1961 1962

General Funds ...................................... $60,371 $61,151
Staff: 8.

Labor and Industrial Relations


Murray L. Schuster, Commissioner, 1963
Margaret W. Kimble, Deputy Commissioner

301 W. Preston Street, Baltimore I Telephone: 837-9000

The Department of Labor and Industry, established by Chapter 211,
Acts of 1884, as the Bureau of Statistics and Information, is one of the
oldest governmental agencies in this field in the United 'States, ante-
dating the U. S. Department of Labor by one year. After 1892, the
Department was known as the Industrial Bureau. A reorganization
in 1916 renamed it the State Board of Labor and Statistics, and con-
centrated in it powers to enforce all the factory acts. The General
Assembly made further changes by Chapter 747, Acts of 1939, and
created the present Department by Chapter 938, Acts of 1945.

Primarily a law enforcement agency, the Department is under the
direction of a Commissioner appointed by the Governor for a four-
year term. The Department enforces all laws and regulations affecting
workers and employers and promotes harmony between industry and
labor through mediation and arbitration of labor disputes and the
holding of consent elections (Code 1957, 1960 Supp., Art. 27, sees.
324-333; Art. 38, sec. 3; Art. 56, sees. 161-170; Art. 77, sees. 231-
233; Art. 89, sees. 1-13, 25-48; Art. 100, sees. 1-55; Art. 101, sec. 47).

Division of Industrial Services

This Division is composed of those sections of the Department
which have direct contact with the general public in the enforcement
of laws and the issuance of licenses and certificates other than those
of the Boiler Inspection Division. The separate sections included are:
Inspection, Children's Certification, Street Trades and Fee Charging
Employment Agencies. The Inspection Section is responsible for the
inspection of all places of business in Maryland to insure compliance
with the following laws: Occupational Safety, Child Labor, Hours of
Labor for Females, Work—Hours of in Factories, Factory Inspection
and Industrial Registration. This section is also responsible for the
licensing of Homeworkers and Workshops. The 'Children's Certifica-
tion Section is responsible for the issuance of employment certifi-
cates to minors 14 to 17 years of age, inclusive, in accordance with
the Child Labor Law. Age statements, apprenticeship agreements,
coordination certificates and special certificates are also issued in
addition to general and vacation employment certificates. The Street
Trades Section is responsible for the licensing and regulation of
street traders and newsboys as defined in the Child Labor Law.

Division of Industrial Safety

This Division is responsible for the constant and continuous study
and analysis of and investigation into the causes of industrial acci-
dents and the formulation of programs and planning to reduce such


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