Both employees and employers may call the Employment Standards Service at
(410) 767-2357 with any questions relating to the Maryland wage laws. Other employment related questions will be answered if possible, or referred to the appropriate authority.
Listed below is a quick reference guide to sources of information on various subject
areas involving employment.
- Employment Discrimination -- Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, (410) 767-8600
or (800) 637-MCHR, or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
at (410) 962-3932.
- Minimum Wage and Overtime -- U.S. Department of Labor,
Wage and Hour Division, 410-962-6211.
- Retirement Benefits (including 401(k) and ERISA) -- U.S. Department of
Labor, Pension Welfare Benefits Administration, (866) 444-3272, TTY (877) 889-5627.
- Health Care Benefits After Termination of Employment (COBRA) -- U.S.
Department of Labor,
Employee Benefits Security Administration, 1-866-444-3272.
If less than 20 employees,
Maryland Insurance Administration, (410) 468-2000.
- State Scaled or "Prevailing" Wage (State funded construction
contract wage questions) -- Maryland Division of Labor and Industry,
Prevailing Wage Unit, (410) 767-2342.
- Federal Scaled or "Prevailing" Wage (Federally funded construction
contract wage questions under the Davis-Bacon Act) -- U.S. Department
of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, (410) 962-4984.
Service Contracts (Federally funded non-construction contract
wage questions under the Federal Service Contract Act) -- U.S.
Department of Labor, Wage
and Hour Division, (410) 962-6211.
Insurance Benefits --
Claimants: calling from Baltimore area - (410)
949 - 0022, (410) 767 - 2727 TTY;
calling from Maryland but outside the Baltimore area - 1 - 800
- 827 - 4839, 1 - 800 - 827 - 4400 TTY
- Workers' Compensation (for work related injuries and illnesses) --
Maryland Workers' Compensation
Commission, (410) 864-5100, (800) 492-0479, (410) 767-0900.
[Note: It is the independent responsibility of an injured worker to obtain a workers
compensation claim form and file it within a certain time after
injury. Employers are not required to provide this service to
employees. It is the responsibility of employers to file
a First Report of Injury. This is different than an employee's
claim for workers compensation].
- Immigration Verification for Employment, I-9 Requirements
-- U.S. Department of Labor,
Wage and Hour Division, (410) 962-6211, or
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, (800) 357-2099.
To file a complaint of national origin discrimination, citizenship
discrimination or document abuse in filling out the I-9
or when seeking employment,
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel, (800) 255-7688.
- Unions and Collective Bargaining Agreements --
National Labor Relations Board, (410) 962-2822.
- Severance Pay -- U.S. Department of Labor, Pensions
Welfare Benefits Administration, (202) 219-8776, 1-866-444-3272.
- Occupational Safety and Health -- Maryland Occupational
Safety and Health (MOSH), (410) 767-7233.
- Displaced Workers and Reductions in Force (WARN Act) --
Maryland Dislocated Workers Unit, (410) 767-2471.
- Child Labor --
Maryland Division of Labor and Industry, (410) 767-2239.
- Family and Medical Leave --
U.S. Department of Labor, (800) 959-3652 or (202)