According to a press release issued by the Maryland Department of Labor, states have seen a “significant spike” in fraudulent unemployment activity since passage of the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act. Part of the stimulus package signed into law by President Trump on December 27, 2020, the Act extends pandemic unemployment relief measures through March 14, 2021, with certain modifications. Key provisions include expansion...read more
A record 3.3 million people applied for unemployment last week, according to a U.S. Department of Labor report. The sky-high numbers are no surprise as the COVID-19 pandemic forces employers to make difficult decisions about how to cease, suspend, or continue operations under extraordinary circumstances. The State of Maryland recently relaxed its standards for benefit eligibility and updated its FAQs about COVID-19 and Maryland's Unemployment...read more
The Maryland Department of Labor has posted a Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 And Unemployment Insurance Benefits. Below are the FAQ highlights: Employee Quit Due to COVID-19 An employee who quits work because they are sick due to COVID-19 will not be eligible for unemployment benefits because the employee is not able and available to work, as required for eligibility. Employee Quarantine An employee who is in mandatory...read more
Randi Klein Hyatt
It may not be as ominous as the Fiscal Cliff, but Maryland employers should take heed: there is legislation proposed for the upcoming General Assembly session that would render inapplicable a valid non-competition agreement between an individual and his or her prior employer under certain circumstances. Senate Bill 51, which would amend the Labor and Employment Article of the Maryland Annotated Code, provides that if any individual applies for and...read more
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