The Four-Day Work Week: All the Wage?

Across the world, communities are grappling with worker dissatisfaction, hiring and retention challenges, and new demands in the workplace. To meet the moment, employers are getting creative with the benefits and workplace environments they are offering. One such new trend is the trial of a four-day work week.  Shorter, fully-paid work weeks are becoming trendy pilots around the country to offer employees greater work-life-balance, more flexibility, and added benefits during a particularly competitive employment market. Models vary, with some…

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Summer #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo's Summer Conference is scheduled for August 17-20, 2022, and will be FULLY IN PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Registration is open, and the full schedule and session details are now available! Register today for MACo’s Summer Conference, themed “Taking Care of Business.” Our society continues to grapple with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. While public health and safety remain the top priority, county government leaders are also exploring…

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The Legislature Passed Paid Family Leave. Here’s What Counties Need to Know.

On March 31, the Maryland Senate gave the final approval to establish a statewide paid family and medical leave program, also known as FMLA. The bill passed was significantly amended after a series of major strategic changes in in the House. Here, we outline what counties need to know. Conduit Street previously reported that the House and Senate were seemingly taking two very different approaches to paid leave, with the House taking a step back…

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Montgomery Libraries Offer Free Job Seeking and Entrepreneurial Workshops throughout April

Montgomery County Public Libraries will offer free online workshops for job seekers and entrepreneurs through its H.I.R.E. (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) program. Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPLS) is offering online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs throughout the month of April. All workshops are free and offered virtually. H.I.R.E Session details When: Throughout April, every Monday: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sign up to meet virtually/confidentially one-on-one with a career counselor for advice and assistance with…

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Register Now: Local Government Insurance Trust FY23 Renewal Workshops

What is new and changing for FY23? Find out at one of five Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) Renewal Workshops.    The FY23 renewal season is quickly approaching. The LGIT Underwriting Department is currently updating and compiling important information concerning members’ renewals. Beneficial Changes to the Scopes of Coverage Credits New Policy Year Rates Updates to the Renewal Process Other information that will assist in completing the renewal process quickly and accurately LGIT strongly suggests all…

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Baltimore City Offering Free Job Training through Train Up

On Wednesday, March 9th, Baltimore City stood up its Train Up initiative, a free job training program for unemployed and underemployed Baltimore City residents impacted by COVID-19. Train Up will be run by the Mayor's Office of Employment Development and provide essential skills training to participants in Baltimore’s growing industries, including healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, and technology. The $5 million investment, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, into Train Up's first year is historically large for a…

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Baltimore City Invests ARPA Funds into Trauma Informed Care

Baltimore City will put $1.4 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds toward trauma informed care programming. According to WYPR, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement will use $900,000 toward the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act, which requires trauma informed care training for City officials and establishes the Baltimore City Trauma Informed Care Task Force. Trauma informed care is defined as, "a healthcare methodology that attempts to heal trauma and provide culturally-competent service." Another…

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The New Normal: #MACoCon Grapples with Post-Pandemic Workplace Changes

At the 2021 Winter MACo Conference, county leaders discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has likely changed workplace culture and functions for good. At the 2021 MACo Winter Conference session, "Navigating a New World: Counties and the Post-Pandemic Workplace," attendees heard from an expert panel on the shifting -- and likely lasting -- changes in labor and the workplace following the pandemic. As public employers, counties have met the challenges of a COVID-19 workforce head-on. With employees returning to…

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Harford Covers First Responders’ Student Debt

Last week, Harford County assisted sixty-six first responders with their student debt, providing as much as $5,000 under Harford’s NEXT GEN Responder Program for volunteer fire company members, which extends to emergency medical services (EMS) workers. Like many counties throughout the state, Harford's fire service consists entirely of volunteers, although its EMS staff are both full-time and volunteer. Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, the founder of NEXT GEN, expressed his continuing support for the student debt…

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Winter #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” on Dec 8-10, 2021, will bring together more than 600 leaders in the private and public sectors to discuss how to prepare for the changes on the horizon in Maryland.  View the Registration Brochure to see the full schedule, along with session titles and descriptions. Topics to be discussed include: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Cannabis Broadband Social Media 2022 General Assembly Opioids Post-Pandemic Workplace Highway User Revenue…

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