Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance to Hold Several Free Trainings this Fall

MACo's Gold Corporate Partner Chesapeake Employers' Insurance Company, is hosting several important free employer and employee trainings over the next few weeks. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, 8:30 am to 1 pm, Frederick Clarion Inn 2019 Workers' Compensation Seminar Learn how Chesapeake Employers' specialists work with you to help control premium costs. These will be free, half-day seminars for policyholders, employers, and agents. Presentation topics include: Update on Maryland Employment Laws, including Medical Marijuana Drug Testing Safety…

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Are You Prepared? Keeping Your Workplace Safe and Secure

As defined by The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) a “workplace violence” incident is a verbal, written, or physically aggressive threat or attack intended to intimidate, cause injury or death to others in a place of employment. Every workplace is in danger of experience occupational violence, but what can be done to mitigate the risks and reduce hazards? In December, join MACo for a panel session hosted by the Human Resources Affiliate for an in…

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Have Coffee with Davenport & Company, Review Your Investment Strategies

MACo would like to thank Davenport & Company LLC for sponsoring coffee breaks during our upcoming Winter Conference - December 4-6 in Cambridge, MD. Founded in 1863 and headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Davenport & Company LLC is an independent financial advisory firm specializing in the area of investments, research, asset management, investment banking, corporate retirement plans and advisory services. Member: NYSE FINRA SIPC. Thanks again to Davenport & Company LLC for their continued support of…

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Maryland Gets a “D” for Fiscal Health
Maryland's fiscal condition (Truth in Accounting)
Maryland Gets a “D” for Fiscal Health

In its 2019 study on state fiscal rankings, Truth in Accounting (TIA) found that Maryland's debts outweigh its revenues by $33.5 billion — or $12,500 per taxpayer, earning it a “D” grade from the non-profit government finance watchdog group.   The analysis is part of the tenth annual State of the States (FSOS) report, a comprehensive study of the fiscal health of all 50 states based on FY 2018 comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs). In the report, TIA…

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LGIT Offering Post-65 Health Insurance Tailored to Your Retirees

The Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) is sponsoring a new program allowing your county to offer comprehensive Post-65 retiree healthcare benefits and services to your future retirees. Highlights of the program for future retirees:  Provides a concierge level services so future retirees can understand their healthcare options once they reach age 65 Provides access to Medicare Benefit Specialist to help retirees understand Medicare and supplemental plan options Offers retirees comprehensive plan options, not available to…

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Public Unions After Janus v. AFSCME: What’s Happening Around the U.S.?

In June of 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled that public employees have a constitutional right to quit their union and stop paying dues in the Janus v. AFSCME decision. As National Employee Freedom Week is being celebrated this week, The Hill published an opinion piece on the ramifications of this legislative override and what is happening around the county. What is happening around the United States? New Jersey: The legislature passed the Workplace…

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If You Are Not Hiring an Apprentice, You May Be Missing Out

A MACo Summer Conference session shares the workforce resource that apprenticeship programs hold for county employers. At MACo's Summer Conference, representatives of the Department of Labor, an employee union, and a local workforce development board provide insight into apprenticeship programs related to county employment. James Rzepkowski, Assistant Secretary of Workforce Development and Adult Learning at the Maryland Department of Labor shared the department's aim of addressing challenges of public sector and government side of apprenticeships…

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Study Finds Shifting to Defined Contribution Pensions Doesn’t Always Save

A recent survey of a few states that have shifted some of their pension plans to defined contribution from defined benefit demonstrates that savings are not guaranteed. About half of Maryland's counties participate in the State's pension system, and all counties contribute to the cost of teacher pensions statewide. As stakeholders in the pension system with a vested interest in its sustainability, counties are interested in the debate between defined benefit and defined contribution systems.…

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The State of Health in Maryland

United Healthcare will host a session on the health analytics of Maryland residents, adapting your members' healthcare decisions, and ways to increase wellness throughout the State at MACo’s Summer Conference as part of MACo’s Solutions Showcase. MACo’s 2019 Summer Conference, “Winds of Change,” will take place on August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Nearly 3,000 individuals from across Maryland will gather to discuss advancements and changes being seen at…

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Governor Hogan Announces New Deputy Chief of Staff
Diane Croghan (photo courtesy of Linkedin)
Governor Hogan Announces New Deputy Chief of Staff

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Diane Croghan to serve as deputy chief of staff in the Office of the Governor for labor, housing, education, human services, and health matters. Croghan succeeds Tiffany Robinson, who the governor recently appointed to be Maryland’s next secretary of labor. A veteran of county government, Croghan served as chief of staff to former Anne Arundel County Executive Steven R. Schuh from 2014-2018. According to a press release:…

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