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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Government Employment. . . It Gives You Wings

New guidance from a publication in Governing suggests that employers who foster growth of their employees will have more success in recruitment and retention. It is not easy to find the right employee. And for county governments employers constrained by set salary, grade, and benefit structures, the task can be even more daunting. One way to improve outcomes is to gain insight into the perspectives and priorities of different generations of applicants - from millennials…

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U.S. House Approves $15 Minimum Wage

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a bill to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. The current federal minimum wage - which has not been raised since 2009 - is $7.25 per hour. The Maryland General Assembly this year passed House Bill 166/Senate Bill 280 (Chs. 10 and 11), legislation to phase in an increase in the State minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by January 1, 2025, with…

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US House Votes To Repeal “Cadillac Tax” On Health Care Plans

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to repeal a scheduled new "tax" on high-value health care plans offered by employers. In an environment where bipartisan consensus can be hard to find in Washington DC, it appeared to power a House vote to repeal the pending "Cadillac tax" that would apply to high-value health care plans offered by employers. From coverage in The Hill: The wide bipartisan vote of 419-6 illustrates how the tax is one of…

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Prepare For and Live in Retirement with Help from Nationwide

Nationwide Retirement Solutions will host a session on tools to help you prepare for retirement 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 all levels of government, from cybersecurity to Phase III WIP to…

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