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Office of State’s Attorney for Talbot County. From left: Council Vice President Pete Lesher, State’s Attorney Joesph Cole, Tracy Soper (20 yrs), County Manager Clay Stamp
Talbot County Government Celebrates 2023 Years of Service Awards

Talbot County recently honored 54 County employees with the annual Years of Service Awards. Awards were delivered to each department by County Manager Clay Stamp, Assistant County Manager Jessica Morris, and Council Vice President Pete Lesher. Each employee received a recognition certificate and gifts to commemorate the occasion. County employee appreciation will culminate with the Annual Employee Cookout later this week, where employees, friends, and family gather to celebrate with food, games, and prizes. “We…

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Montgomery Considers Raising County’s Tipped Minimum Wage

Montgomery County will consider a bill to raise the tipped minimum wage inside the county to $6 by July 2025.8 The Montgomery County Council introduced a bill to raise the base minimum wage for tipped employees working inside the county. Currently, workers who rely on tips -- primarily restaurant and hospitality staff, like servers -- are required by county law to be paid $4 per hour (before tips). Council Bill 35-23 would require employers of…

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Flexibility is Key to Attracting, Keeping County Workers

According to public service labor experts, offering flexibility is key to hiring and retaining public servants in a post-pandemic work environment. Around the country, local governments and states are struggling to hire and retain talent in the post-pandemic world. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 1 million public service government jobs are open in the U.S. --  the vast majority in state and local agencies. Maryland is no exception, with counties and the…

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Frederick County Welcomes New Director of Human Resources

Frederick County Executive Jessica Fitzwater appointed Emily Fiftal to lead the County’s Human Resources Division. Ms. Fiftal brings over two decades of experience in human resources and employment law and experience in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) efforts. The appointment was confirmed by the Frederick County Council this week.y “Ms. Fiftal is the leader we need to modernize our talent management and make Frederick County a highly sought-after employer,” said County Executive Fitzwater. “She…

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National Board Charts Path for Workers to Unionize Without Formal Elections

In a recent decision, the National Labor Relations Board announced a new framework for determining when employers must bargain with unions without a representation election. On August 25, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision in Cemex Construction Materials Pacific, LLC, with wide-sweeping implications for labor negotiations. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent federal agency created in 1935 and vested with the power to safeguard employees’ rights to organize, engage with one…

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Regulation Roundup: All of MACo’s Public Comments on Draft Paid Leave Regulations

This article is part of MACo’s Deep Dive series, where expert analysts explore and explain the top county issues of the day. A new article is added each week – read all of MACo’s Deep Dives. The Time to Care Act (TCA), passed by the Maryland legislature earlier this year, requires employers with at least 15 employees in the state to offer State-mandated paid family leave benefits beginning in 2025. All 24 of Maryland’s counties — as…

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Labor Department Taps MACo to Guide Public Service Apprenticeship Policy

MACo is part of a group of stakeholders helping to guide policy development for a new public service apprenticeship program and grant. The Maryland Department of Labor (MDL) recently received $6.6 million through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to help expand apprenticeships throughout the state. Maryland was one of only seven states to receive a competitive award under the program and received the second-highest award overall. Registered apprenticeship is a proven model of…

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MACo and MABE Form Collaborative Co-Op for Family Leave Benefits

MACo and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education have collaborated to form a new co-operative offering for members seeking to streamline the administration of family leave benefits under Maryland's "Time To Care Act." County governments are asked to indicate their interest soon, as the timeline for forming the co-op is necessarily brisk. Maryland employers will soon be required to offer a prescribed series of family and medical leave benefits to employees - either by…

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Meeting Aug 31; Comments Due Sept 6 on Remaining Paid Leave Considerations

The Maryland Department of Labor has released a discussion document on remaining draft regulations overseeing the state’s paid leave benefit. Written comments are due on September 4. The Maryland Department of Labor’s FAMLI Division — tasked with implementing and guiding the statewide Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) law — has released a “Phase 6 Discussion Document" on remaining considerations for benefit implementation for stakeholders to weigh in on. An email from the FAMLI Division states:…

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Baltimore City Applies to Be a Federal Tech Hub

Baltimore City entered a national competition to become the next federal tech hub, which could bring as many as 52,000 jobs to the area. Baltimore City is throwing its name into the ring to become the next Silicon Valley. A consortium led by the Greater Baltimore Committee is applying to become one of 20 or more cities or regions chosen for the federal Tech Hubs Program. The Baltimore Sun reported: Baltimore-area leaders aim to be…

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