JOINT ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE ON WORKPLACE FRAUD

Chair: Portia Y. Wu, Esq., Secretary of Labor


[photo, 500 North Calvert St., Baltimore, Maryland] Ex officio: Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General; Brooke E. Lierman, Esq., Comptroller of Maryland; Devki K. Virk, Commissioner of Labor & Industry; John C. Dove, Jr., Commissioner of Occupational & Professional Licensing; Margaret M. Rekstis, Acting Assistant Secretary for Unemployment Insurance; Daniel K. Phillips, Director of Assessments & Taxation; Joy Y. Hatchette, J.D., Interim Maryland Insurance Commissioner; Maureen E. Quinn, Esq., Chair, State Workers' Compensation Commission.

Staff:

c/o Office of Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor
500 North Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202 - 3651
(410) 230-6008
e-mail: secretary.labor@maryland.gov

500 North Calvert St., Baltimore, Maryland, February 2004. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.



Annual Report to Governor due Dec. 31 (Executive Order 01.01.2024.04).

The Joint Enforcement Task Force on Workplace Fraud was initiated by the Governor in July 2009 (Executive Order 01.01.2009.09). However, the original task force last met in December 2013, and thereafter was disbanded. On January 9, 2024, the Governor rescinded Executive Order 01.01.2009.09, and re-established the Joint Enforcement Task Force on Workplace Fraud (Executive Order 01.01.2024.04)

The Task Force coordinates the investigation of workplace fraud in Maryland, and the enforcement of workplace fraud statutes. It facilitates among Task Force members, and obtains from other governmental units, the timely sharing of information related to suspected workplace fraud. It also pools, focuses, and targets investigative and enforcement resources; and assesses methods and best practices to prevent workplace fraud in Maryland and other jurisdictions, while recommending that participating agencies adopt appropriate measures to improve their prevention and enforcement efforts.

To facilitate cross-jurisdictional investigations and enforcement acts, the Task Force enters into partnerships and agreements with other jurisdictions; works with academics and experts to study the issues of workplace fraud; and develops models to quantify the true costs of these practices to workers, law-abiding employers and businesses, and the State. It also develops strategies for systematic investigations of workplace fraud, including those within industries and worker demographics where workplace fraud is most common. In addition, the Task Force identifies and facilitates enforcement acts against potential violators, including actions to seek all appropriate remedies under applicable employment, business, tax, licensing and consumer protection laws; identifies significant cases of workplace fraud that should be investigated and addressed collaboratively; and forms joint enforcement teams to use the collective investigative and enforcement capabilities of Task Force members.

The Task Force establishes protocols, consistent with applicable law, through which individual Task Force participating agencies investigating workplace fraud matters under their own statutory or administrative schemes will refer matters to other agencies for assessment of potential liability under all relevant statutory or administrative schemes.

Referral procedures are established by the Task Force, which solicits the cooperation and participation of local state's attorneys and other law enforcement-related agencies. Joint efforts with federal agencies and agencies of other states or jurisdictions involved in combating workplace fraud are coordinated by the Task Force. Moreover, the Task Force works cooperatively with business, organized labor, and community groups interested in reducing workplace fraud, and indeed consults with representatives of business, organized labor, and other agencies to improve and expand the operation and effectiveness of the Task Force.

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