Unemployment Benefits

Judge orders Maryland to continue unemployment benefits

Baltimore Circuit Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill issued a temporary 10-day restraining order yesterday that blocks Gov. Larry Hogan from prematurely ending federal unemployment benefits going to Maryland residents. Hogan announced he would fight the ruling. He retained the legal services of a private law firm to do just that, using Maryland tax dollars. Why not just …

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Maryland’s BEACON One-Stop unemployment benefits portal is terrible

Maryland's BEACON One-Stop unemployment benefits portal is terrible

Maryland’s BEACON One-Stop unemployment benefits portal is so bad, I can’t help but think it was designed to be that way. One does not accidentally create something this bad. The Baltimore Sun published an article on Friday claiming that independent contractors could see unemployment payments as soon as this weekend. Sure. From the article: “The …

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Maryland’s broken unemployment insurance system

On March 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  One of the things the CARES Act does is provide unemployment insurance benefits to gig workers unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People like me. Each individual state handles unemployment insurance benefits. There are 50 individual …

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