Federally Enhanced Unemployment Benefits to Remain in Effect in Maryland

On July 13, 2021, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Fletcher-Hill enjoined the State from opting out of the federally enhanced unemployment program under ARPA. In June, Governor Hogan provided Congress with the State’s written intent to withdraw from the program, effective July 3, 2021.  The Governor primarily cited increased vaccine availability and a marked number of job vacancies in support of…

Governor Hogan Announces the End of Federally Enhanced Unemployment Assistance

Governor Hogan recently announced that Maryland will be ending federally enhanced unemployment assistance paid by the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, or DLLR, this summer. As part of the federally enhanced unemployment benefits, those who are eligible for traditional unemployment in Maryland have been receiving an additional $300 per week. On June 2, 2021,…

The Fine Line Between Simple and Gross Misconduct

In an earlier blog post, we stated that employers are increasingly challenging employees’ rights to unemployment benefits.  Employers seek to demonstrate that employees should be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits for a number of reasons, including for the self-serving purpose of avoiding increases in their unemployment insurance tax rate.  In our last blog entry we…

Simple Misconduct is Simple to Commit

After an employee loses his or her job and applies for unemployment benefits, Employers have many different motives for challenging the employee’s right to unemployment benefits.  One motivation, for example, is that employers who repeatedly terminate employees are levied a higher unemployment benefits tax rate; accordingly, employers have an incentive to challenge an employee’s right…

Appealing a Denial of Unemployment Insurance Benefits

“I worked at my company long enough and have earned the minimum requirements to be eligible for unemployment insurance, so why am I being denied benefits? And what can I do about it?” Many employees are caught off guard when they receive a notice in the mail from the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation…

Voluntarily Leaving Employment Usually Results in Loss of Unemployment Benefits

When deciding to leave a job, the expectation of receiving unemployment insurance benefits understandably plays a large role in an employee’s thought process.  While many employees understand their rights regarding these benefits, we have found that there remains a great deal of confusion which, if not clarified, can lead to the unpleasant surprise of lost…