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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Baltimore County Wins Seven NACo Achievement Awards

Baltimore County’s “Balancing Act” budget platform named one of the nation’s best programs as National Association Of Counties highlights five County Departments for effective leadership. Baltimore County earned seven awards from the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) 2020 Achievement Awards, which recognize innovative, effective county government programs that enhance service and improves the quality of life for residents. “My administration is committed to innovation, citizen engagement, and a government that is more transparent and accessible…

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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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