Qualtrics Launches Experience Design Hybrid Work and Workplaces Solutions

Qualtrics launches experience design hybrid work and workplaces solutions to help companies thrive in the "new world" of work. Qualtrics is the world’s most trusted research software. As technology scales from people and companies to communities and governments, Qualtrics will begin to close gaps in ways they never dreamed possible. Not only will their technology power the world’s greatest companies, but by understanding human emotions, beliefs, sentiments and values, they will close some of the…

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American Fidelity Offers Products and Services for Human Resources Departments

American Fidelity offers a wide variety of products and services for Human Resources departments. American Fidelity specializes in the education, public sector, automotive and healthcare industries with products like group and individual life, health and annuity services as well as other financial security products and services. In 1960, C.W. and C.B. Cameron founded American Fidelity Assurance Company based on a fundamental belief: The most important asset anyone has is their ability to work and earn…

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Maryland to Reopen American Job Centers for In-person Services

Physical Locations Reopening to Provide Comprehensive In-Person Employment, Training, and Business Services Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson today announced that the state’s 32 American Job Centers (AJCs), which served thousands of job seekers and businesses virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, are now reopening physical locations to provide in-person services. Maryland’s network of AJCs offers comprehensive employment, training, and business services that play a critical role in helping job seekers and employers fully…

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Anne Arundel Appoints New Equal Opportunity & Human Relations Officer

Smith’s prior roles include work with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, New York City Commission on Human Rights. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman today named Asha Smith as Anne Arundel County’s new Equal Opportunity and Human Relations Officer. “Asha Smith brings a wealth of equal employment knowledge and leadership to our team, including her key role in our school system’s response to the pandemic,” County Executive Steuart Pittman said. “I want to thank Joelle…

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Despite National Gains, Maryland’s Economic Recovery Wobbles

For the first time in 13 months, Maryland lost 6,400 jobs in June. The state's unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 percent, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationally, nonfarm payrolls increased 850,000 for the month, which beat expectations. The national unemployment rate, however, rose to 5.9%. “Today’s jobs report is further evidence of the ongoing challenges our state’s economy is facing due to a serious labor…

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Extended Jobless Benefits to Continue in MD: Court Ruling, Administration Won’t Appeal

A Maryland Judge granted an injunction stopping the Governor's proposal to end additional federal benefits for Marylanders, and recognizing the timing of further court challenges, the Administration signaled it will not pursue further legal appeals. The decisions seemingly cap off a contentious decision to curb federal extended benefits for Marylanders, that the Governor has viewed as stifling regrowth of the job market. Maryland joins Indiana among states where courts have rejected the Governor's decision in…

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Opioid Challenges Continue, Pushing States to “Outside the Box” Approaches

Rhode Island will authorize its communities to approve safe injection sites, as a novel approach to combat the public health consequences of opioid and heroin abuse. From coverage on Route Fifty, Rhode Island has passed legislation approving local governments' establishment of safe sites for drug injection, part of a harm reduction effort to combat outcomes arising from opioid crises: Rhode Island is the first state to authorize a drug injection site program meant to combat…

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MD’s Planned Fed Unemployment Cutoff Faces Lawsuits, Uncertainty

Governor Hogan's decision to stop Maryland's participation in federal supplements to unemployment benefits faces lawsuits to stop his decision, with the planned cutoff date fast approaching. Last month, Governor Hogan announced his intention to suspend Marylanders' receipt of federally-supported unemployment benefit add-on payments - citing concerns that the additional payments contributed to employers' difficulty in hiring and re-hiring. That decision has come under fire, with employee groups filing suit to compel the State to continue…

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Montgomery County’s Minimum Wage Increases July 1

On July 1, the minimum wage in Montgomery County will increase to $15 for employers with 51 or more employees and $14 for employers with 50 or fewer employees; a small employer, with 10 or fewer employees, is required to pay $13.50 hourly. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Montgomery County will raise the minimum wage incrementally, each July 1, until it reaches $15 per hour in 2022. The number of workers employed by the business will…

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Maryland Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall

Maryland gained 11,500 jobs in May and unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to The Daily Record: This is the 13th consecutive month of job growth in Maryland. Since the beginning of 2021, Maryland has gained a total of 41,200 jobs. The education and health services sector experienced the most growth, with an increase of 4,700 jobs from the health care and social…

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