The Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) works to develop and advocate policies and programs to increase the skills, job opportunities, and incomes of low-skill, low-income workers and job seekers.

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Reinvesting in Justice 



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New Reports Provide a Roadmap for Creating Opportunities for Disconnected Young People in Baltimore


More than one in five young people ages 16 to 24 in Baltimore are neither in school nor working. As a community, we must find new ways to re-connect these young people to education, training, jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities.


Working with other organizations in Baltimore, we commissioned two expert reports that make recommendations for responding to this challenge, focusing on expanding industry-specific training programs, fostering more collaboration between organizations and providing expanded supports for youth to help them succeed.


Read a summary of recommendations from the two reports.


Download the full reports:


Expanding Sector Employment Opportunities for Young Adults in Baltimoreprepared by Kingslow Associates for the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative.


Connecting Baltimore’s Opportunity Youth to Careersprepared by Field Guide Consulting for the Job Opportunities Task Force and Baltimore’s Promise.


The research reports were developed collaboratively by Baltimore’s Promise, the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative and the Job Opportunities Task Force. Additional funding support was provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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Maryland Expungement/Shielding Laws took effect October 1, 2015

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Montgomery County Paid Sick Leave Bill Signed Into Law



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On July 2, 2015, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett signed into law one of the nation’s strongest paid sick days statutes. He was joined by US DOL Secretary Thomas Perez and members of the Maryland Working Matters Coalition.

 

The Montgomery County measure, which will go into effect on October 1, 2016 is expected to benefit more than 100,000 workers. Workers at Montgomery County businesses with 5 or more employees will earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 56 hours (7 days) annually.  Workers in smaller businesses with less than 5 employees will also earn 7 days (4 paid and 3 unpaid).  The bill applies to part-time workers who regularly work at least 8 hours per week. 

 

Workers can use their paid sick time to care for themselves or a member of their family.  The safe time provision ensures that victims of domestic violence or sexual assault can use paid leave to obtain medical attention and victims services.  Employees who are laid off will have their previously accumulated time reinstated if they are rehired within 9 months.

 

To date four states and 20 cities or counties have enacted paid sick days measures.  You can keep up with the Maryland Campaign for Paid Sick Days by liking Working Matters on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or signing up to receive alerts.



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