Business, Politics

$20 million available for small businesses through expanded COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor (Labor) on Wednesday announced that an additional $20 million in funding would be made available for Maryland’s small businesses through an expansion of the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund. Businesses undergoing financial stresses due to the pandemic can apply for up to $50,000 in flexible and customizable funding to maintain their workforce beginning on Wednesday, …


Business, Crime

Maryland Department of Labor provides update on unemployment fraud investigation

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor on Wednesday provided an update about the department’s ongoing unemployment insurance fraud prevention, detection, and investigation efforts. “With bad actors continuing to target the important unemployment insurance funds intended to help those in need, our department has maintained heightened security measures to prevent and detect fraudulent activity,” said Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson. “We have …


Governor Hogan announces over $2.8 million in grant awards to create, expand apprenticeship opportunities

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that the Maryland Department of Labor has awarded over $2.8 million to assist businesses and organizations creating and expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Maryland. The total number of registered apprentices has increased by more than 35% under the Hogan administration. “Our administration remains committed to strengthening our economy by building a 21st century workforce …

Maryland Department of Labor provides updates on fraud investigation

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson this week announced that Maryland has been awarded $2,430,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to support Maryland’s ongoing efforts to prevent and detect unemployment insurance fraud. The initial fraud investigation announced has been completed, with nearly 95% of claims initially investigated determined to be fraudulent. As a result …

Maryland Department of Labor awards nearly $17 million to 25 local adult education providers

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson on Thursday announced that Md. Labor has selected 25 adult education providers to receive $16.8 million in combined federal and state funds. These organizations will continue to expand access to adult education opportunities for Marylanders in the areas of adult basic and secondary education, English language acquisition, and civics education. “Labor is …

Unemployed Marylanders to begin receiving extra $300 payments this week

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson on Wednesday announced that the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program, offering claimants an additional $300 per week in retroactive federal benefits, will be launching ahead of schedule this Friday, September 11th. After being initially approved for three weeks of LWA funding, Maryland has now been approved by the Federal Emergency Management …

Maryland’s COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund saves nearly 9,000 small business jobs

BALTIMORE, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Monday announced that more than $10 million has been awarded to 445 small businesses through the Maryland Department of Labor’s COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, saving more than 8,800 jobs. One of several relief programs introduced by the governor in March, the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund quickly provided crucial financial assistance to Maryland’s small businesses and …

Baltimore County to receive $646,519 for workforce development pilot program to combat opioid epidemic

BALTIMORE, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Friday announced that Maryland is one of only four states in the nation selected to participate in a new initiative to provide training and other services to workers in communities significantly affected by the opioid crisis. The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $4.6 million in funding to the Maryland Department of Labor for the …