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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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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Join Charles County for Webinar on WFH Mental Health

Join the Charles County Economic Development Department on Wednesday, May 13 at 2pm for Tools, Tips, and Tactics: A Webinar Series On Business Resilience During Times of Uncertainty. The four webinar in the series will focus on practices anyone can incorporate into daily life to maintain good mental health. They will focus on psychological impacts of working from home, creating routines, productivity, and recommended mental health practices for teleworking. The next webinar, Using Social Media as…

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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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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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Join Virtual Tech Panel on Government Social Safety Nets

Code for America will host a virtual panel, "Delivering a Human-Centered Social Safety Net In a Time of Crisis," on Thursday, April 23. The event will focus on how government agencies are working to modernize the social safety net during the COVID-19 crisis and the importance of a human-centered approach to the crisis. From Code for America: Our participants from state government, policy, consulting, and Code for America, will discuss these topics and more: ~How…

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Supreme Court Settles Age Discrimination Lawsuit

The United States Supreme Court ruled (8-1) rejecting a position that would seek to limit legal recourse available for federal workers. The ruling found that The Age Discrimination in Employment Act has a lower burden of proof for proving discrimination based on age in the federal government versus the private sector. From Government Executive's coverage: In an 8-1 decision in Babb v. Wilkie, the justices found that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act sets two separate…

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Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Claims in MD

The Maryland Department of Labor Division of Unemployment Insurance's website and call center are experiencing extremely high volumes due to the crisis. The call center hours have been extended and individuals may use the online portal to file their claim. Maryland does not have a waiting week and individuals will become eligible for benefits starting the day after they separated from employment. https://twitter.com/MD_Labor/status/1247205158045528065?s=20 See frequently asked questions on unemployment insurance.

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Maryland Unemployment Claims Skyrocket Amid Crisis

The latest numbers show that more than 83,000 Marylanders have filed unemployment claims in the past week, almost doubling the number of claims from the week before. Two weeks ago, there were only around 2,000 claims. Maryland's Secretary of Labor, Tiffany Robinson, reported that these numbers are higher than the entirety of claims filed last year. From WBALTV: According to the United States Department of Labor, in the nation, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted…

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