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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U.S. Senate Confirms Three EEOC Commissioners

This week, the United States Senate confirmed the nominations of three commissioners for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Republican nominees Keith Songerling and Andrea Lucas were confirmed September 22 and Jocelyn Samuels was confirmed a day later. Songerling was nominated in July 2019 but the nomination expired at the end of the year, with no confirmation vote. He was renominated in March and confirmed with a vote of 52-41. Songerling works as…

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FEMA Approves Additional $300/Week in Unemployment Benefits for Marylanders

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) approved Maryland's application to provide unemployed Marylanders with an additional $300 per week in benefits under the Lost Wages Assistance program. Now that the application has been approved, the Maryland Department of Labor will work with the federal administration to implement the program with the plan to begin distributing the additional benefits by the end of September. From the press release: “We sincerely appreciate FEMA’s quick approval of our…

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State Applies for Additional $300 Per Week in Federal Unemployment Benefits

Governor Hogan announced that Maryland submitted an application to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) grant. The LWA grant will provide an additional $300 per week to Maryland residents who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once Maryland's grant application is approved, the Maryland Department of Labor's Division of Unemployment Insurance will coordinate with both the U.S. Department of Labor and FEMA to "program, implement, and distribute" these…

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Queen Anne’s Earns Gold Award for Wellness at Work Program

Queen Anne’s County Government Recognized by Maryland Healthiest Business Collaborative with Gold Award for Wellness at Work Awards Program Queen Anne's County Government received a Gold Award from the Maryland Healthiest Business Wellness at Work Awards Program, which recognizes Maryland employers that show a commitment to improving employee health and well-being and showcases wellness initiatives that result in a planned, organized, and comprehensive set of programs, policies, benefits, and environmental supports designed to meet the health and…

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Revised CDC Isolation Times a Reminder for Non-Static HR Policies

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its guidance for determining when non-hospitalized individuals with COVID-19 may end home isolation and return to work. Previously, the CDC referenced a timeline of 14 days for employees to quarantine from the workplace after testing positive for COVID-19, new guidance is not a 'one-size-fits-all rule.' According to HR Dive, the updated guidance states that those with COVID-19 symptoms directed to care for themselves at home may…

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MACo Signs Joint Letter Detailing Unemployment Insurance Concerns

MACo signed on to a joint letter, addressed to Maryland Secretary of Labor Tiffany Robinson, detailing concerns about second quarter billings already being sent out to reimbursors for unemployment insurance (UI), despite the recent passage of S. 4209 Protecting Nonprofits from the Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act. Signed by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc., Maryland Nonprofits, The Y in Central Maryland, and MACo, the…

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