Comptroller to Unemployment Insurance Recipients: Prepare for Higher Tax Bill

Comptroller Peter Franchot is urging Maryland taxpayers who are collecting unemployment insurance to plan for the potential loss of Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) that they would normally receive. The EITC is a benefit for people with low-to-moderate-incomes. Taxpayers who meet all of the federal requirements may be eligible for a Maryland credit up to half of the federal EITC, but not greater than the state income tax. While unemployment insurance is taxable, it is…

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MD Labor Provides Sweeping Update on Unemployment Benefits

The Maryland Department of Labor released a comprehensive update on the processing and payment of unemployment insurance claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Maryland Department of Labor, nearly 95% of claims have been processed, over $7.8 billion in benefits have been paid, 2.6% of claims are pending review for possible fraudulent activity, and new illegitimate traffic was detected and blocked. From press release: Nearly 95% of Claims Processed, Vast Majority of Pending Claims…

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Feds Approve MD’s 4-Year Workforce Plan, Hogan Opts to Include Additional Partner Programs

Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson announced that Maryland's 2020 - 2024 State Workforce Plan has been approved by the United States Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services. Under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), passed in 2014, all states are required to develop and submit a 4-year State Workforce Plan. Collaboratively developed, Maryland's plan "maps out the state’s strategic and operational blueprint for connecting Maryland employers with the…

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Visit Nationwide’s Virtual Benefit Fair

Nationwide, a MACo Platinum Corporate Partner, has developed an impressive virtual benefit fair booth with useful interactive functionality. The Nationwide Retirement Plan Virtual Benefit Fair Booth will be open through Dec 10th, 2020. Attend the 3D interactive event to help take advantage of the benefits of enrolling and planning for the financial future you want. This year’s virtual experience makes it easy to: Meet virtually with a Retirement Specialists Learn from two educational workshops: Retirement…

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County Ballot Questions: Here’s What We Know

Across Maryland, voters considered a number of ballot questions concerning county governance and structure. Here, Conduit Street provides the latest results for each county-specific ballot question. Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties did not present voters with any county-specific ballot questions. Vote totals and percentages in this article are based on unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections as of Thursday, November 5,…

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Mission: Possible! Workers’ Compensation Claims & Medical Cost Control Solutions

Don’t miss MACo’s Solutions Showcase Bonus Session on preventing workplace accidents and improving workers' compensation claims outcomes on October 28, 2020. From Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company: Mission: Possible! Workers’ Compensation Claims & Medical Cost Control Solutions Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to prevent workplace accidents, improve workers’ compensation claims outcomes, and control costs for your county. The high stakes of the mission require you to gather intelligence from Maryland’s largest provider…

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Maryland Adds 18,200 Jobs in September, Unemployment Rate Ticks Up

Data released by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows Maryland added over 18,000 jobs in September. According to preliminary data, while Maryland added 18,200 jobs in September, the unemployment rate increased to 7.2%. The national unemployment rate sits at 7.9%. While private-sector payrolls increased by 32,400 jobs in September, public sector payrolls decreased by 14,200 jobs. Nationwide, state and local governments lost 182,000 jobs from August to September. From…

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MD Unemployment Claims Soar in Past Week

According to data from the Maryland Department of Labor, unemployment insurance claims in Maryland nearly doubled last week. The Department released data stating that during the week ending October 3, there were 30,060 unemployment claims. The previous week, there were only 15,444. MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DIVISION OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TOTAL CLAIMS FILED BY COUNTY Week Ending – OCtober 3, 2020 Claim Filed By:  Regular UI PUA (New) PUA (Reclassified)* PEUC Claims EB Claims Allegany…

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Talbot Ballot Question Aims to Repeal Residency Requirement for County Employees

Voters in Talbot County will decide this November whether to lift a requirement that certain department heads reside within the County. "Question A" on the ballot asks voters to authorize the Talbot County Council -- by a supermajority vote -- to waive residency requirements for the county attorney, county planning officer, and county engineer. The County Charter stipulates that each of those appointed positions be occupied by individuals who reside in the County. The County…

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Baltimore County to Consider Prevailing Wage, Local Hiring Legislation

Yesterday, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced plans to introduce prevailing wage and local hiring legislation. The legislation would ensure that construction companies awarded County contracts for capital projects $300,000 and greater receive a standard rate of pay set by the State of Maryland’s annual wage determination surveys of construction company employers. Additionally, at least 51 percent of all new jobs required to complete these projects would need to be filled by Baltimore County residents.…

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