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Maryland Manual, 1969-70
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The Council consists of six members, all appointed by the Governor
by and with the advice and consent of the Senate from among persons
recommended by organizations in the respective groups for three-year
terms. Two of the members must represent management in the build-
ing and construction industry. Two must represent labor in the build-
ing and construction industry and two represent the general public.
The Council is to establish certain standards for hours of work and
rates of pay, conditions of employment, and duties of certain public
officials under certain contracts and subcontracts for public works in
the State. The Council is also to call upon other agencies of State and
local government for statistical data and reports (Code 1967, 1964
Repl. Vol., 1969 Supp., Art. 100, sees. 96-107).
Chairman: Daniel T. Doherty, 1980
J. Franklyn Bourne, 1970; Harold Lee Frankel, 1977; Joseph 1.
Paper, 1977; Maurice Cardin, 1978; Helen Elizabeth Brown, 1979;
William R. Hughes, 1981; G. Hewlett Cobourn, 1981.
Virginia R. Bames, Secretary and Director of Administration
Michael Cianos, Director of Claims
Meyer M. Ohen, Legal Assistant
108 E. Lexington Street, Baltimore 21202 Telephone: 539-4360
The Workmen's Compensation Commission, created by Chapter
800, Acts of 1914 as the State Industrial Accident Commission, re-
ceived its present name by Chapter 684, Acts of 1967. Under the
provisions of Chapter 238, Acts of 1961, the Commission was in-
creased from five to seven members, all of whom must be appointed
by the Governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
The initial appointments of the Chairman and four associate com-
missioners dated from February 1, 1958, and were for periods of
eight, nine, ten, eleven, and twelve years. The appointments of the
two additional commissioners dated from February 1, 1961, and were
for four years each. As each term expires, the Governor shall appoint
a person to the full term of twelve years, or until his successor has
been appointed and qualified.
Like its predecessor, the Commission administers the Workmen's
Compensation Law. It hears contested cases and holds hearings
throughout the State; it receives reports of accidents and adjudicates
claims for compensation arising under the law; and it investigates
companies and firms which fail to carry insurance under the terms
of the Act. The Chairman sits on the trial of cases when his admin-
istrative and executive functions permit (Code 1957, 1964 Repl. Vol.,
Art 101, sees. 1, 2, 5, 16, 38-40).
In recent years, the General Assembly has made many important
changes in the Workmen's Compensation Act. Among the most im-
portant have been acts increasing maximum temporary disability pay-
ments to $55.00 weekly; increasing maximum permanent total dis-
ability payments to $55.00 weekly; and increasing the maximum total
payable for total disability to $30,000. Other laws have broadened the
law in hernia cases; established a broad form of a Subsequent Injury
Fund; and removed limitations on payments of medical expenses. In
1951, the Act included many additional payments; also, for the first
time, Maryland came to be what is known as a nonscheduled State
for Occupational Diseases. In 1965, the Serious Disability Section was
added. This provides for a greater amount and rate of compensation
for a workman who sustains a serious disability, as defined by the Law
(Code 1957, 1964 Repl. Vol., 1968 Supp., Art. 101, sees. 21-36, 66).

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