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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Supreme Court Settles Age Discrimination Lawsuit

The United States Supreme Court ruled (8-1) rejecting a position that would seek to limit legal recourse available for federal workers. The ruling found that The Age Discrimination in Employment Act has a lower burden of proof for proving discrimination based on age in the federal government versus the private sector. From Government Executive's coverage: In an 8-1 decision in Babb v. Wilkie, the justices found that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act sets two separate…

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Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Claims in MD

The Maryland Department of Labor Division of Unemployment Insurance's website and call center are experiencing extremely high volumes due to the crisis. The call center hours have been extended and individuals may use the online portal to file their claim. Maryland does not have a waiting week and individuals will become eligible for benefits starting the day after they separated from employment. https://twitter.com/MD_Labor/status/1247205158045528065?s=20 See frequently asked questions on unemployment insurance.

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Maryland Unemployment Claims Skyrocket Amid Crisis

The latest numbers show that more than 83,000 Marylanders have filed unemployment claims in the past week, almost doubling the number of claims from the week before. Two weeks ago, there were only around 2,000 claims. Maryland's Secretary of Labor, Tiffany Robinson, reported that these numbers are higher than the entirety of claims filed last year. From WBALTV: According to the United States Department of Labor, in the nation, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted…

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States Need to Prepare for Rising Unemployment Insurance Claims

Unemployment insurance is a critical component of the governmental response to COVID-19, but states are now seeing an unprecedented number of claims that will tax state unemployment funds beyond their limits. At the federal level, there is much support for expanding eligibility criteria and providing for extended benefits, both funded by the federal government. although the majority of initial costs are borne by the state. From Tax Foundation: State payroll taxes, called SUTA taxes, fund…

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Counties Still Oppose Mandate for Court Collective Bargaining

MACo Legislative Director Natasha Mehu submitted written testimony on March 3, 2020 to the House Appropriations Committee to oppose HB 1134 (CF SB 388) – Circuit Courts and District Court of Maryland Employees – Collective Bargaining. Ms, Mehu previously testified before the Senate to oppose the cross-filed Senate Bill 388. This bill would establish collective bargaining for Circuit Court and District Court clerical, administrative, constabulary, maintenance, and housekeeping staff. From MACo Testimony: The move to collective…

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Counties: Procurement Requirements for Corrections Facilities Could Raise Costs

MACo Legislative Director Natasha Mehu submitted written testimony on February 26, 2020 to oppose SB 858 (CF 1524) - Procurement and Correctional Facilities –  Employment Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals. This bill would require procurement contracts for local jail goods and services to include a clause related to the hiring of formerly incarcerated individuals. Additionally, the local jail procurement must give preference to bidders based on the number of employees who are formerly incarcerated. Although…

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Counties Raise Concerns Over Employment Discrimination Reporting Standards

MACo Policy Associate Drew Jabin submitted testified on February 25, 2020 in support with amendments of HB 703 - Maryland Commission on Civil Rights – Employment Discrimination - Reporting. As written, this bill would require Maryland’s largest counties - Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties -- to submit information to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights regarding employment discrimination complaints. MACo does not take issue with the idea of…

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