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  1. Don’t let a package thief ruin your holiday spirit

    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:

    • United States Postal Service delivered 759 million packages.
    • Amazon delivered 1.6 million packages a day.
    • United Parcel Service delivered 28 million packages on Thursday, December 20 alone.
    • Fed Ex delivered 19.8 million packages on December 17 alone.

    How do we safeguard packages?

    The key here is to make it difficult for a thief to take your packages.

    • When ordering on-line or from a catalogue, look for a box that asks where you want the delivery service to place your package. Obviously, we would like the package out-of-sight. Baltimore County Police suggest you have the delivery placed on the back porch. If that isn’t a possibility, ask a neighbor to bring in any packages delivered to your home.
    • If you are frequently out of town, ask a friend or neighbor if you can use their address as a delivery drop.
    • Have packages delivered to your office or workplace.
    • Amazon offers a feature called Amazon Locker. Packages can be delivered to specific Amazon location and you can pick them up without worry about theft. Go on-line to find the closest locker near you.

    A few simple steps will help get your deliveries into the right hands. 

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:53:00 GMT
  2. Free Meter Parking for Last Minute Shoppers

    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.

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:45:00 GMT
  3. Kamenetz to Expand Baltimore County’s Sexual Harassment Training

    County has Required Initial Training Since 1998 

    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:

    • Displaying pictures, posters, calendars, graffiti, objects, promotional materials, reading materials or other materials that are sexually suggestive, sexually demeaning, or pornographic, or bringing them into the work environment or possessing any such material to read, display or view at work
    • Reading or otherwise publicizing in the work environment materials that are in any way sexually revealing, sexually suggestive, sexually demeaning or pornographic

    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.”


    Baltimore County Personnel Manual - Section 1.4: Sexual Harassment Policy

    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:

    • Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s employment
    • An employment decision is based on an individual’s acceptance or rejection of such conduct
    • Such conduct interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment

    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:

    • Physical assault of a sexual nature such as sexual battery, molestation or attempts to commit these assaults
    • Intentional physical contact which is sexual in nature, such as touching, pinching, patting, grabbing, brushing against another’s body or poking another’s body
    • Unwanted sexual advances, propositions or other sexual comments, such as sexually-oriented gestures, noises, remarks, jokes, innuendoes or comments about a person’s sexuality or sexual experience, directed at, or made in the presence of, an employee who indicates, or who has indicated in any way that such conduct in his or her presence is unwelcome
    • Preferential treatment, or promise of preferential treatment to an employee for submitting to sexual conduct, including soliciting, or attempting to solicit any employee to engage in sexual activity for compensation or reward
    • Subjecting or threats of subjecting an employee to unwelcomed sexual attention or conduct, or intentionally making performance of the employee’s job more difficult because of an employee’s sex
    • Displaying pictures, posters, calendars, graffiti, objects, promotional materials, reading materials or other materials that are sexually suggestive, sexually demeaning, or pornographic, or bringing them into the work environment or possessing any such material to read, display or view at work
    • Reading or otherwise publicizing in the work environment materials that are in any way sexually revealing, sexually suggestive, sexually demeaning or pornographic
    • Displaying signs or materials purporting to segregate an employee by sex in any area of the work place
    • Retaliation

    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.

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:00:00 GMT
  4. Baltimore County Announces Dates for 2018 Winter Restaurant Week

    Participating Restaurants to Offer Specials January 19 to February 3 

    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!

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:00 GMT
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