On Tuesday March 17, 2015, Towson University hosted the 4th annual Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) Division of Labor and Industry’s Employment Rights & Safety Forum. Newly appointed DLLR Secretary Kelly Schulz welcomed the crowd on behalf of Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan.

This annual event provides the workforce with information on compliance, safety, and employment law regulations. This year it brought together over 300 policy makers, safety managers, business owners, public safety leaders, workforce development experts, and labor professionals.

The morning plenary speaker was Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His keynote titled The Power We Hold: Communicating Effectively addressed:

  • Understanding the importance of communication as it pertains to safety.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the different ways managers communicate.
  • Basic techniques that can be used to improve the transmission of safety information.

The afternoon plenary speaker, John Gilstrap, New York Times best-selling author and safety expert drew upon his experience as a fiction writer and his knowledge as a safety practitioner to address how anticipation forms and plays a major role in management decisions.

“The Division of Labor and Industry Forum is  our signature outreach event  and one that allows us to connect with the people we serve. Our goal is to be transparent and share new and pertinent information related to safety, employment law and wages. We intend to continue to have informational speakers and workshops so that attendees get total value for their attendance. We look forward to hosting the annual Employment Rights & Safety Forum each year, and we hope that Towson University is able host our 2016 Forum,” says Interim DLI Commissioner Craig Lowry.