Baltimore County’s businesses, its government, and its people share a common vision for a bright future — not merely over the next five or ten years, but for generations to come.
By Louise Rogers-Feher, Baltimore County Police Department
Delivery trucks are on the move with the holiday season in full swing. But all those delivery trucks tell would-be burglars and thieves that someone is getting a package that will most likely end up on the porch or outside a customer’s door.
Think about this for a moment. In 2016, these companies alone made tens of millions of deliveries:
How do we safeguard packages?
The key here is to make it difficult for a thief to take your packages.
A few simple steps will help get your deliveries into the right hands.
Baltimore County is making local shopping easier this holiday season with two hours of free meter parking for last-minute shoppers, December 20-25. Parking will be free at 1,735 meters throughout Baltimore County.
The free parking meters will be decorated with red “Seasons Greetings” bags in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Overlea, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh, and Dundalk.
“We help our neighborhood economy when we shop at locally owned businesses,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “A little relief at the parking meter during the busiest days of the holiday season makes it easier to support our locally owned shops and restaurants.”
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz encouraged local shopping in a video recorded along the Frederick Road shopping district in Catonsville.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has revised Baltimore County's employee policies regarding sexual harassment, requiring all County employees to undergo refresher training every three years. Presently, all new County employees are required to complete a one-hour training session as part of their orientation process.
“While Baltimore County already requires sexual harassment training for all new hires, we think it is prudent to have employees review the policy training every three years,” said County Executive Kamenetz. “I have instructed the County’s Director of Human Resources to have a program in place for triennial training by July 1.”
Baltimore County’s sexual harassment policy is clearly outlined for employees in the County’s Personnel Manual that is printed below.
In addition to addressing sexual harassment, the County’s policy also contains a prohibition on the use of pornographic material at work clearly stating that such behavior is also a violation of the sexual harassment policy, including:
The Office of Human Resources also maintains a contact resource, in addition to supervisors and department heads, who are specially trained to receive employee complaints of harassment.
“I am proud of what we have done in Baltimore County to protect employees, but the revelations across the nation over the past few months have been very disturbing,” concluded Kamenetz. “Requiring employees to remain current on the issues surrounding sexual harassment is an important step in creating a work environment where everyone feels respected and valued.”
Sexual harassment is a violation of federal, state and local law and will not be tolerated by Baltimore County. Sexual harassment has no legitimate business purpose, and therefore should not occur in the work environment. Sexual harassment adversely affects not only the person to whom it is directed, but also hurts employee morale overall. Preventing sexual harassment is a team effort and therefore, the cooperation of all employees is necessary to eliminate sexual harassment. All employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and businesslike manner, and report incidents of harassment they observe promptly as provided below.
Section 1.4.1: Sexual Harassment Defined
Sexual harassment, as defined by law, consists of unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical acts that are sexual or sexually based in nature where:
Section 1.4.2: Examples of Sexual Harassment Conduct
Although incidents of sexual harassment may be subjective in nature, the following acts are examples of conduct which violate Baltimore County’s sexual harassment policy:
The above is not construed as an all-inclusive list of prohibited acts under this policy, but only to give employees an idea of what constitutes sexual harassment.
Section 1.4.3: Retaliation Prohibited
It is also unlawful to retaliate or take reprisal in any way against anyone who has articulated any concern about sexual harassment discrimination, whether that concern relates to harassment of, or discrimination against, the individual raising the concern, or against another individual.
Retaliation for making sexual harassment complaints or participating in a sexual harassment investigation may include, but not be limited to, imposing discipline; changing work assignments or providing inaccurate work information to, or refusing to cooperate or discuss work related matters with an employee because that employee has complained about or resisted harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.
Intentionally pressuring, falsely denying, lying about or otherwise covering up or attempting to cover up conduct such as that described in any item above also may constitute retaliation.
Section 1.4.4: Complaint Procedure
Employees who want to make a complaint or allegation of harassment should report the incident to the supervisor or manager promptly. If the employee is not comfortable making the complaint to the supervisor or manager, the complaint should be made directly to the Office of Human Resources by calling 410-887-3122. The complaint will be investigated in a fair and prompt manner. Upon the completion of the investigation, appropriate action will be taken by Baltimore County if warranted.
Section 1.4.5: Discipline for Violating Sexual Harassment Policy
Any employee of Baltimore County found to be in violation of this sexual harassment policy will be subject to disciplinary action. Similarly, Baltimore County will take appropriate disciplinary action against anyone who attempts to retaliate against employees who complain about alleged harassment, or against any individual who participates in an investigation of alleged sexual harassment. Disciplinary action may include counseling, written warning, transfer, demotion, discharge, or any other action deemed appropriate by Baltimore County. Baltimore County will aggressively take appropriate action to prevent repeated acts of harassment.
Questions regarding this policy statement should be directed to the Office of Human Resources by calling 410-887-3122.
Organizers of Baltimore County Winter Restaurant Week are pleased to announce that the 15th, bi-annual promotion begins on Friday, January 19.
Participating restaurants from across the area will feature special menus at discounted, fixed prices, offering one to three course brunch, lunch or dinner specials ranging from $15 to $35.
“Foodies and patrons alike look forward to Restaurant Week—it’s a great time for them to experience places they’ve been meaning to try at a big savings,” stated Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I encourage everyone to experience the many diverse cuisines in the County and support the local restaurant industry.”
View the menus of the restaurants that have registered so far and remember to keep checking back as more register every day!
The Baltimore County Commission for Women is accepting nominations for its 2018 “Woman of the Year” and “Young Woman of the Year” awards. This is the 36th year the Commission for Women will honor women for their outstanding contributions to the community.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 12, 2018. Honorees will be notified after that date, and the awards will be presented in March of 2018.
Female residents of Baltimore County who have made significant, unique, and lasting contributions to their community, workplace, or school to further the interest of women and families are eligible for the “Woman of the Year” award. Nominees for “Young Woman of the Year” must be a high school senior in Baltimore County who has made contributions in the community to further the interest of Baltimore County women and families. Previous winners and elected officials are not eligible to be nominated.
Questions or requests for nomination forms may be directed to Nancy Surosky at 410-887-2450. Nomination forms are also available online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/nominate.
Serving as Baltimore County’s twelfth County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz has established a three-pronged approach to governing by applying the principles of innovation, responsibility, and efficiency. Learn More.