Montgomery County’s Minimum Wage to Increase on July 1

The minimum wage in Montgomery County will increase on July 1. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Montgomery County's minimum wage will rise the minimum wage incrementally, each July 1, until it reaches $15 per hour in 2022. The number of workers employed by the business will determine the amount of the increase. The County’s minimum wage will rise to $14 for employers with 51 or more employees and $13.25 for employers with 50 or…

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Conduit Street Podcast: A View From the Senate

Unemployment Insurance Senator Kagan's letter to Governor Hogan Coronavirus and Unemployment Resources Telehealth Senator Kagan's letter to Dr. Karen Salmon on School-Based Health Centers Maryland Matters article describing the telehealth discrepancy in schools Prince George’s TV Interview on telehealth State Song Coverage from The Washington Post Coverage from The Baltimore Sun Senator Kagan's Social Media/Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Website

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Locals and Nonprofits: Avoid “Raw Deal” on Unemployment

MACo signed onto a joint letter addressed to Governor Larry Hogan, Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, and Secretary of Labor Tiffany Robinson requesting necessary relief for COVID-19 related unemployment benefit charges. Under current law, local governments and many nonprofits may elect to categorized as "reimbursing employers" for unemployment costs rather than pay the unemployment insurance contribution tax-rate. As the local government workforce is relatively stable, the option of "self-insuring" provides counties savings in the long run.…

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Prince George’s Approves Hazard Pay, Comp Time for Frontline Employees

Prince George's County approves compensatory time and stipends for frontline employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Prince George's County Council last week approved a resolution to provide compensatory time and stipends for employees who are required to perform essential functions during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The resolution was submitted to the Council by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. Essential employees that worked between March 20 and April 11 will be entitled to receive one (1)…

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MD Senate to Hold Public Hearing On Unemployment Insurance Issues

The Senate Finance Committee and Senate Budget and Finance Committee on Tuesday will hold a joint virtual public hearing to address issues with Maryland's unemployment insurance benefits website. Nearly 500,000 Marylanders have filed for unemployment since mid-March. The Maryland Department of Labor Division of Unemployment Insurance’s website continues to experience extremely high volume due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to glitches in the system. Governor Hogan this week said that the website is…

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Watch Baltimore County Webinar to Support Displaced Workers

Baltimore County hosted a free webinar intended to help those who are unemployed or whose jobs and/or income are at risk due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar was moderated by Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Development, Will Anderson, and featured an expert panel. Panelists included "Baltimore County career counselors to offer support for job seekers, officials with the State Department of Labor to answer questions about Unemployment Insurance, and CCBC's Dean…

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NACo/Nationwide Now Accepting Aspire Award Submissions

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Aspire Awards. The awards, created in partnership with Nationwide Retirement Solutions, recognize county governments for innovative solutions  promoting employee retirement savings. The deadline is June 12, 2020. NACo and Nationwide Retirement Solutions have partnered to recognize county governments for innovative employees benefits with the Aspire Awards. This year, solutions could be in response to COVID-19. From NACo's website: Are you aware that…

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Department of Labor Launches Four Video Tutorials to Navigate BEACON Unemployment System

The Maryland Department of Labor's Division of Unemployment Insurance has created four new video tutorials to help users navigate the new BEACON One-Stop unemployment system. The videos can be found online on the Department of Labor's social media channels including YouTube, and their website. The series of videos first walks users through the process of activating and logging into their account. https://www.facebook.com/MarylandLabor/posts/3028097667233799 The next tutorial walks users through the process of applying for the Pandemic…

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Kagan Urges Equitable Treatment for Local Govts/Nonprofits Amid Pandemic
Senator Cheryl Kagan
Kagan Urges Equitable Treatment for Local Govts/Nonprofits Amid Pandemic

Maryland State Senator Cheryl Kagan this week sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan urging equitable treatment for local governments and nonprofits categorized as “reimbursing employers" amid the COVID-19 pandemic. https://twitter.com/CherylKagan/status/1255594705460568067 Under federal and state laws, local governments, as well as nonprofit organizations (those exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code) have the option to self-insure rather than paying the employer tax rate to the State Unemployment Trust Fund. These entities are considered “reimbursing…

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