County Leaders Discuss the Evolving Complexities of the Workplace at #MACoCon

At the 2023 MACo Winter Conference, attendees learned about evolving trends in workplace benefits and new legal complexities for employers to consider in human resource policies. New policies, judicial decisions, and the evolving workplace increasingly complicate human resources operations. Issues like concealed weapons in the workplace, public meeting requirements and information requests, and the pending legalization of adult-use recreational cannabis can cause headaches for even the most experienced county HR professionals. Maryland counties, as major…

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Top Issues of 2023 Session: The Time to Care Act

With the 2023 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we preview the implementation of the Time to Care Act. During the 2022 legislative session, the General Assembly established the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI Program) via legislation known as "The Time to Care Act of 2022." That law provides up to 12 weeks of paid leave and benefits…

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Top Issues of 2023 Session: School Personnel Shortages

With the 2023 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we preview school personnel shortages and potential legislation related to the problem. Several years into the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland's schools are still facing deep shortages of staff in all fields. The problem transcends school district, with all experiencing heightened levels of sustained position openings in an increasingly complex work force for…

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Counties to State: More Details, Assistance are Needed to Plan for Paid Leave Program

The Maryland Association of Counties and local government partner organizations are urging the Department of Labor to expedite guidance on the 2022 paid family and medical leave law ahead immanent implementation deadlines. During the 2022 legislative session, the General Assembly established the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI Program) via legislation known as "The Time to Care Act of 2022." That law provides up to 12 weeks of paid leave and benefits to an employee…

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State to Offer $12M in Grants for Schools to Develop Apprenticeship Infrastructure

The State will provide $12 million total in grants to local education agencies to help establish an industry-aligned apprenticeship infrastructure in-line with the goals of the Blueprint for Maryland's Future. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is launching Maryland Works, a grant program "to make an unprecedented investment in establishing an industry-aligned youth apprenticeship infrastructure for Maryland schools and business sectors." Maryland Works is aligned with the State's ambitious goals under the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future…

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Baltimore Co Addresses Nurse Shortage Via New Work Training Program

Baltimore County is partnering with the local community college on a new innovative program to offer workforce training to economically disadvantaged residents while helping to address a national nursing shortage. Baltimore County is launching a $1.7M workforce initiative to address the shortage of nurses in area hospitals and connect residents from historically underserved communities with high-demand nursing positions. The Public Health Pathways Program is in partnership with the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (UM SJMC) and…

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Internship Program Best Practices for Counties

Internship and fellowship programs expand youth access to experiences, opportunities, and skill development, while providing critical labor for the employing institution. Here, we explore some best practices for counties seeking to expand internship programs. Internships and career readiness programs are increasing in importance. This is true for youth seeking experience and opportunities ahead of college or professional careers, as well as employers struggling to fill vacancies in an unusually complex labor market. K-12, an online education…

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HR Tools and Training for Local Governments with LGIT at #MACoCon

Learn from LGIT at their Solutions Showcase about HR tools and training for local governments. A non-profit Trust created, owned, and governed by Maryland local governments and endorsed by MACo, LGIT provides various liability and property insurance and health benefits coverages. The Local Government Insurance Trust will provide coverage and risk management services at stable and competitive rates through an organization that is owned and managed by its local government members. Exploring Essential HR Tools and Training…

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County Leaders to Tackle Modern Workplace Considerations at #MACoCon

County governments have a particularly challenging and complex role as major employers in adjusting to evolving considerations of the modern workplace. At MACo’s Winter Conference session, "Calling HR: The Evolving Complexities of the Workplace," participants will hear form a panel of human resource and legal experts about new and emerging considerations of the modern workplace and how to best prepare to address them. Calling HR: The Evolving Complexities of the Workplace New policies, judicial decisions, and…

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