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As economic recovery continues, Maryland to discontinue enhanced pandemic unemployment benefits

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that the State of Maryland will discontinue enhanced pandemic federal unemployment benefits and reinstate work search requirements early next month. “Our health and economic recovery continues to outpace the nation, and we have reached the benchmark set by President Biden of vaccinating 70% of adults,” said Governor Hogan. “While these federal programs provided …


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Maryland unemployment insurance claimants can now enroll in new direct deposit program

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson has announced that unemployment insurance claimants can now log into their BEACON 2.0 portal or mobile app to select direct deposit or paper check as their preferred benefit payment method. The transition from Bank of America debit cards to direct deposit comes as a result of a new contract with Wells …


Maryland foreclosure moratorium extended through June 30

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor’s Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation on Wednesday the extension of the moratorium on new residential foreclosures through June 30, 2021. The moratorium, originally established by the Governor’s executive order issued April 3, 2020 and continued through subsequent executive orders and regulatory guidance, was due to expire on May 3, 2021. The new …

Governor Hogan announces approval of 2 new Baltimore County apprenticeship programs

BALTIMORE, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council has approved 27 new registered apprenticeship programs from March 2020 to March 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. These diverse new apprenticeships are expanding opportunities for jobseekers by connecting them with high-wage jobs in traditional and non-traditional industries while supporting the workforce needs of local businesses. “As …

Baltimore County to receive more than $81,000 in COVID-19 National Dislocated Worker Grant Funds

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson on Wednesday announced that the state has been awarded $2,881,060 from the U.S. Department of Labor’s COVID-19 National Dislocated Worker Grant program to help workers whose jobs were impacted by the pandemic to access employment and training services. This competitive federal funding opportunity was introduced to provide support to communities impacted …

Maryland’s Commissioner of Financial Regulation extends foreclosure moratorium through May 3

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor’s Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation on Monday announced the extension of the moratorium on new residential foreclosures through May 3, 2021. The moratorium, originally established by the Governor’s executive order issued April 3, 2020 and continued through subsequent executive orders and regulatory guidance, was due to expire on March 31, 2021. “While …

Maryland accepting claims, issuing payments for extended federal unemployment programs

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that the Maryland Department of Labor has begun accepting claims and issuing payments for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation (PEUC), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) federal unemployment insurance programs extended by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. There will be no gap …

Maryland’s COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund saves over 21,500 jobs, helps nearly 1,300 small businesses

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that the Maryland Department of Labor’s COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund has saved 21,555 jobs and supported 1,267 small businesses through two rounds of funding, totaling over $31 million. One of several relief programs originally introduced by the governor in March 2020 and expanded through additional funding in October 2020, the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion …