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A key ruling in the battle over Maryland unemployment benefits is expected Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know.

A Baltimore judge will decide by Tuesday morning whether he should require Maryland to continue participating in enhanced benefits for people who are unemployed. It’s the latest step in a fast-moving legal challenge that has pitted unemployed residents against Gov. Larry Hogan.

Here’s what you need to know.

What’s everyone arguing over?

Part of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic includes enhancements to unemployment insurance to help people who are still struggling to find work.

Through early September, the federal government is paying for several programs that make more people eligible for unemployment payments and that pay them more money. They include:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Compensation: Pays $300 more per week to unemployment recipients, on top of the regular payments of up to $430 per week in Maryland.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: Makes the self-employed, gig workers, contract workers and others eligible for unemployment payments. Normally these type of workers do not qualify for unemployment benefits.
  • Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation: Pays an extra $100 weekly to some who are on regular unemployment who also previously had income from gig work or side work that wasn’t factored into the calculation of how much they receive.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation: Extends eligibility for people who have exhausted their regular benefits. Before the pandemic, an individual could receive unemployment for only 26 weeks.

As of mid-June, about 178,000 people were receiving unemployment benefits in Maryland, and 85% of them were receiving them entirely through federal programs.

Hogan is among more than two dozen Republican governors who have sought to end the programs early.

Hogan’s decision led to twolawsuits from unemployed workers.

Where do things stand now?

Baltimore Circuit Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill issued the temporary restraining order on July 3, hours before the benefits were set to expire at midnight that night. The order says that for 10 days, the governor can’t take Maryland out of the programs.

Hogan’s lawyers tried and failed three times over the Independence Day holiday weekend to get a delay of the temporary restraining order. They were denied by Fletcher-Hill and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on July 3, then by the Maryland Court of Appeals on July 5.

In his order, Fletcher-Hill said the people on unemployment were likely to suffer irreparable harm if the benefits were ended before the lawsuits are resolved. He also noted that they have a likelihood of success in their lawsuits.

What happened in Monday’s hearing?

Lawyers from both sides of the lawsuits — the governor’s side and the unemployed workers’ side — argued whether Fletcher-Hill should issue a preliminary injunction, which would continue to prevent the governor from withdrawing from the federal programs while the lawsuits play out.

Fletcher-Hill said he would issue a decision on the injunction by Tuesday at 10 a.m. A trial on the overall merits of the lawsuits hasn’t been scheduled.

Why does the governor want to stop these unemployment programs?

“Thousands of businesses have no ability to get people back to work. We’ve got more jobs available than ever before in the history of the state. People that really need the help are still going to get unemployment benefits. It’s the extended bonus $300 that’s keeping people home,” Hogan previously told The Baltimore Sun.

Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson noted in one of the legal documents that the enhanced programs are subject to an “unprecedented volume of fraudulent claims” that are time-consuming and have caused delays for legitimate claimants.

What’s the argument for keeping the unemployment programs?

The unemployed workers and their lawyers say that while the economy has been bouncing back from the pandemic downturn, it isn’t recovering equally for everyone. Parts of the hospitality industry, such as hotels, are not yet back to prepandemic levels of business.

Supporters also say the money given out in unemployment payments is immediately plowed back into the local economy, on things like rent, groceries and other necessities. That means the money has a multiplier effect, helping keep businesses open and workers on the job.

They further note that state law requires the state government to participate in federal unemployment programs.

State lawmakers recently strengthened that language. They passed a bill in April that requires the Department of Labor to identify all changes to federal programs “that would expand access to unemployment benefits” and also to revise all “rules and practices to encompass any changes in federal regulations and guidance.”

State Sen. Jim Rosapepe and Del. Lorig Charkoudian co-sponsored the law and said they made the change because they thought a situation like this might happen.

“We knew that [President Joe Biden’s administration] was going to be looking for ways to help unemployed working people and we wanted to make sure the Hogan administration didn’t leave workers high and dry,” said Rosapepe, a Democrat who represents Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.

Will the governor try to cut off benefits again?

Yes, but he will have to wait until at least mid-August.

The temporary restraining order required the Hogan administration to send a notice to the federal government saying that Maryland would continue participating in the unemployment programs.

The federal government requires 30 days’ notice to end participation in the programs. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Suzi Levine sent an email to Robinson on Friday contending that, because Maryland extended the programs under court order, the Hogan administration would need to submit notice all over again before ending benefits.

Robinson, asked about the email while testifying Monday, said she had not yet responded to the U.S. Department of Labor but indicated that the Hogan administration would go along with the 30-day requirement should the governor win in court.

Who are all these lawyers?

The unemployed workers are represented by multiple lawyers including teams from the nonprofit Public Justice Center and the firm of Gallagher Evelius & Jones in Baltimore, as well as lawyers Alec Summerfield of Baltimore and Robbie Leonard of Leonard & McCliggott Law Group.

The workers also are backed by the Unemployed Workers Union, which is affiliated with Baltimore’s Peoples Power Assembly, and UNITE HERE Local 7, a union that represents hospitality workers.

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What about the work search requirement?

The state announced July 14 that the work search requirements also would be reinstated on July 18 for those receiving the federal benefits .

Baltimore Sun reporter Alison Knezevich contributed to this article.

Sours: https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-unemployment-explainer-20210706-qilalsack5frjgujrdouljyp6a-story.html

Division of Unemployment Insurance

Transition to Direct Deposit/Paper Check Benefit Payments

Note: The deadline for claimants to use their debit cards is extended to Tuesday, February 1, 2022. To access funds after February 1, 2022, claimants should call the Bank of America Service Center at 855-847-2029.

Overview

Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance (DUI) transitioned from issuing benefit payments to unemployment insurance claimants via debit card through Bank America to direct deposit (or paper check) through Wells Fargo. The department is excited to provide claimants with the ability to have their unemployment insurance benefit payments transferred directly into their personal bank account through the fast, safe, and convenient direct deposit program. Claimants are strongly encouraged to enroll in direct deposit if they have a checking or savings account and their financial institution is able to receive direct deposits.

TransitionTimeline

Please pay close attention to the following timeline:
  • May 24, 2021
    • Beginning Monday, May 24, 2021, all unemployment insurance benefit payments will be made by either direct deposit or paper check to eligible claimants who have made their selection in BEACON.
  • January 5, 2022
    • If claimants have been issued a Bank of America UI Benefits Debit Card and cannot locate that card, they must contact the Bank of America Customer Service Center at 855-847-2029 to order a replacement by Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Replacement cards will not be issued after this date.
  • February 1, 2022
    • On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, Bank of America UI debit cards will be deactivated. If claimants have a balance on their debit cards after that date, they can contact the Bank of America Service Center at 855-847-2029 to access those funds in a different way.

Instructions for Selecting Preferred Payment Method

To select your preferred payment method in your BEACON portal, please follow these steps:
  • Sign into your BEACON 2.0 claimant portal or mobile app. A pop-up window should appear that notifies you of the requirement to choose a payment method.
     
  • You can click on “Update Payment Method” or “Postpone.” Selecting “Postpone” allows you to update this information at a later time. If you postpone selecting your payment method, the pop-up window will appear every time you log into your BEACON portal.
     
  • You will be presented with two options on the pop-up window, which include “Pay My Benefits Via Direct Deposit” and “Pay My Benefits Via Check.”
     
  • If you select “Pay My Benefits Via Direct Deposit” you will be prompted to provide your bank account information, including the account type, bank name, routing number, and account number. For detailed instructions and additional information, please visit the Direct Deposit of Benefit Payments FAQs.
     
  • If you select “Pay My Benefits Via Check” you will be asked to confirm your mailing address. You must do so even if your mailing address has not changed. For detailed instructions and information about paper checks, please visit the Direct Deposit of Benefit Payments FAQs.

Timing of Direct Deposit Payments:

If you have successfully signed up for direct deposit, the timing of your payment will depend on both when you filed your weekly certification and the amount of time it takes your banking institution to process the payment.

If you file your weekly claim certification and are determined to be eligible for benefits, your funds will be sent for processing the next business day (this may vary depending on holidays and weekends). Please note that while your funds are quickly processed by the Division, the time it takes for your funds to be available in your bank account will depend on your particular banking institution.

Timing of Paper Check Payments:

If you requested benefit payment via paper check, the receipt of your payment will depend on when you filed your weekly certification. If you are determined to be eligible for benefits, paper checks are processed on the next business day and will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Once the check has been mailed, the Division cannot provide updates on its location or the status of its delivery.

Don’t Have a Bank or Credit Union Account?

If you do not have an account with a financial institution, but would like to select direct deposit as your payment method, consider opening a bank or credit union account now. There are many options in Maryland. To learn more general information about bank and credit union accounts, read the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation’s Frequently Asked Questions. To learn about some of the many bank account options available for Marylanders, visit the CASH Campaignof Maryland’s Bank On Maryland program. You may also contact a financial institution of your choice. Please note it is a consumer’s responsibility to thoroughly research and review any information provided by any of these entities before opening an account.

Questions?

If you have questions about the department’s transition from issuing benefit payments to claimants via debit card through Bank of America to direct deposit (or paper check) through Wells Fargo, please read our Direct Deposit of Benefit Payments Frequently Asked Questions.
Sours: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/unemployment.shtml
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If you are unemployed, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Labor's (DOL) Division of Unemployment Insurance handles the Unemployment Insurance program. There are four articles in this series with information on eligibility, applying, appealing a denial, and other resources. This article deals with eligibility and information you need to gather before applying.

Topics on this page:

Overview

Eligibility - Unemployment benefits may be available if you:

  • are unemployed through no fault of your own
  • earned a certain minimum amount in wages before you were unemployed; AND
    • Standard Base Period – must have earned income during two of the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before filing a claim; or
    • Alternative Base Period – must have earned income during two of the last four completed calendar quarters
  • are able to work, available to work, and actively seeking work.

There are no income or asset eligibility requirements to be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Benefit Amount - The weekly benefit amount is the amount of money you may receive and ranges from $50 to $430. The weekly benefit amount is based upon the amount of money you earned from your previous employers during a specific time period as well as other factors (e.g., number of dependents). Learn more about the weekly benefit amount from the DOL's website.

Duration of Benefits - Unemployment benefits are available for up to 26 weeks. Benefits may exceed 26 weeks if a federal extension program is available. If this is the case, then the DOL will notify you that there is an extension in effect.

Read the Law: Md. Code, Labor & Employment § 8-101, § 8-802, § 8-803, § 8-808, § 8-903

Read the Regulations: Code of Md. Regulation, Title 9, Subtitle 32

Maintaining Eligibility

Once determined eligible and collecting benefits, a person must meet the following requirements to continue receiving benefits:

  • Actively seeking work
  • File weekly claim certifications on time and report all money earned
  • Satisfy the “Actively Seeking Work” requirement by performing three re-employment activities per week (e.g., applying for jobs)
  • Accept applicable job offers that could lead to employment

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Under the federal CARES Act, individuals who are not otherwise eligible for unemployment insurance benefits may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provides up to 39 weeks of benefit during the period between January 27, 2020, and December 31, 2020, and can be claimed retroactively.

A person must be otherwise able and available to work, but unemployed or underemployed due to one of the following COVID-19 reasons:

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 or seeking a medical diagnosis
  • Has a household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Is providing care for a household member with COVID-19
  • Is a primary caregiver for someone who cannot attend school or another facility that is closed as a result of COVID-19
  • Cannot reach a place of employment because of a COVID-19 quarantine 
  • Is unable to reach a place of employment because a healthcare provider has told them to self-quarantine due to COVID-19
  • Was scheduled to begin employment and now does not have a job because of COVID-19
  • Has become the major support for a household because the head of the household died as result of COVID-19
  • Has to quit their job because of COVID-19
  • Has a place of employment but it is closed due to COVID-19

Information and documents you need to apply

Gather all the information and documents you need before applying. This will speed the application process and get you benefits faster.

Personal Information

  • Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Alien Registration Number, if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Residential and mailing addresses
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Name, date of birth, and social security number of all dependents under age 16

Employment history for the past 18 months

  • Name, address, and telephone of each employer for the past 18 months
  • Employment start and end dates for each employer
  • Return-to-work date (if known and applicable)
  • Union name and local number (if you are a union member)
  • DD Form 214 (if you were in the military within the past 18 months)
  • Form SF-8 (if you were a federal employee within the past 18 months)

Documents you may be asked to show 

  • For W-2 hourly or wage employees:
  • For self-employed or independent contractors:
    • IRS Form 1099
    • Tax Return:  Schedule C
    • Summary of Quarterly Payments
    • Accounts Receivable Statement
    • Income Tax K-1 Schedule
    • Profit and Loss Statement
    • Business Formation Papers (Business Registration or Charter, EIN, etc.)
    • Independent Contractor Agreement

Documents you may need to apply if unable to work because of an impact by COVID-19

  • Letter from your employer indicating that you were to begin working but cannot because COVID-19
  • Letter from your employer stating that COVID-19 caused the business to close
  • Letter from your child’s school or childcare facility stating that COVID-19 caused the school or facility to close
  • Notification that a travel restriction prevented you from going to work
  • Documentation from medical personnel showing that you or someone in your household was diagnosed with or sought treatment regarding COVID-19
  • A statement about how COVID-19 has caused you to suspend self-employment activities

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This article series was produced by the Economic & Food Security Committee of the Maryland Attorney General's Covid-19 Access to Justice Taskforce.

Sours: https://www.peoples-law.org/unemployment-insurance-benefits-1-eligibility

Helpful Resources for Claimants - Unemployment Insurance

The resources below are meant to help you navigate the unemployment insurance system, including information about how to file an initial claim, use BEACON 2.0, file an appeal, and submit valid reemployment activities in the Work Search Log, among many other topics. If you are unemployed, you may file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits in BEACON 2.0 or by telephone at 667-207-6520.

  • Appeals
  • Apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits in Your BEACON 2.0 Portal
  • Assistance from the Maryland Department of Human Resources
  • Bank and Credit Union Accounts: Frequently Asked Questions (for consumers)
  • BEACON 2.0 Claimant User Guide
  • BEACON 2.0 Glossary of Terms
  • BEACON 2.0 Tutorial Videos
  • Benefit Payment Control - Audits, Overpayments, and Fraud
  • Benefit Payment Methods - Direct Deposit of Benefit Payments FAQs
  • Consumer Resources - Financial Regulation
  • Contact Information for Claimants
  • EARN Maryland
    • Bridging Maryland’s skills gap by partnering with businesses, offering educational opportunities, and preparing individuals for meaningful careers.
  • File your weekly claim certification online in BEACON 2.0
  • Foreclosure Prevention Information
  • Free File (Tax Preparation Assistance)
  • Frequently Asked Questions for Claimants
    • Answers to questions about filing a new claim for benefits, eligibility requirements, filing a weekly claim certification, appeals, and more.
  • Health Care Coverage for the Unemployed
  • Income Tax Information
  • Information and Documents Needed for Claims Filing
  • Job Dislocation, Making Smart Financial Choices after a Job Loss
  • Job Seeker Services
  • Maryland’s Valid Reemployment Activities List
  • Maryland’s Work Search Requirements
  • MD Unemployment for Claimants mobile app
    • Download the app from the Google Play Store.
    • Download the app from the iOS App Store.
    • Use a mobile app to file a weekly claim certification, view claim information, update address and tax withholding preferences, and more.
  • Notice - Additional Training Benefits (ATB)
  • UI Video
  • Unemployment Insurance Definitions
  • Video - How to use MWE Job Contact and Reemployment Activity Log
  • Work Sharing Information
  • 2-1-1 Maryland
Sours: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/uibenefits.shtml

Md unemployment insurance

Division of Unemployment Insurance

Transition to Direct Deposit/Paper Check Benefit Payments

Note: The deadline for claimants to use their debit cards is extended to Tuesday, February 1, 2022. To access funds after February 1, 2022, claimants should call the Bank of America Service Center at 855-847-2029.

Overview

Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance (DUI) transitioned from issuing benefit payments to unemployment insurance claimants via debit card through Bank America to direct deposit (or paper check) through Wells Fargo. The department is excited to provide claimants with the ability to have their unemployment insurance benefit payments transferred directly into their personal bank account through the fast, safe, and convenient direct deposit program. Claimants are strongly encouraged to enroll in direct deposit if they have a checking or savings account and their financial institution is able to receive direct deposits.

TransitionTimeline

Please pay close attention to the following timeline:
  • May 24, 2021
    • Beginning Monday, May 24, 2021, all unemployment insurance benefit payments will be made by either direct deposit or paper check to eligible claimants who have made their selection in BEACON.
  • January 5, 2022
    • If claimants have been issued a Bank of America UI Benefits Debit Card and cannot locate that card, they must contact the Bank of America Customer Service Center at 855-847-2029 to order a replacement by Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Replacement cards will not be issued after this date.
  • February 1, 2022
    • On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, Bank of America UI debit cards will be deactivated. If claimants have a balance on their debit cards after that date, they can contact the Bank of America Service Center at 855-847-2029 to access those funds in a different way.

Instructions for Selecting Preferred Payment Method

To select your preferred payment method in your BEACON portal, please follow these steps:
  • Sign into your BEACON 2.0 claimant portal or mobile app. A pop-up window should appear that notifies you of the requirement to choose a payment method.
     
  • You can click on “Update Payment Method” or “Postpone.” Selecting “Postpone” allows you to update this information at a later time. If you postpone selecting your payment method, the pop-up window will appear every time you log into your BEACON portal.
     
  • You will be presented with two options on the pop-up window, which include “Pay My Benefits Via Direct Deposit” and “Pay My Benefits Via Check.”
     
  • If you select “Pay My Benefits Via Direct Deposit” you will be prompted to provide your bank account information, including the account type, bank name, routing number, and account number. For detailed instructions and additional information, please visit the Direct Deposit of Benefit Payments FAQs.
     
  • If you select “Pay My Benefits Via Check” you will be asked to confirm your mailing address. You must do so even if your mailing address has not changed. For detailed instructions and information about paper checks, please visit the Direct Deposit of Benefit Payments FAQs.

Timing of Direct Deposit Payments:

If you have successfully signed up for direct deposit, the timing of your payment will depend on both when you filed your weekly certification and the amount of time it takes your banking institution to process the payment.

If you file your weekly claim certification and are determined to be eligible for benefits, your funds will be sent for processing the next business day (this may vary depending on holidays and weekends). Please note that while your funds are quickly processed by the Division, the time it takes for your funds to be available in your bank account will depend on your particular banking institution.

Timing of Paper Check Payments:

If you requested benefit payment via paper check, the receipt of your payment will depend on when you filed your weekly certification. If you are determined to be eligible for benefits, paper checks are processed on the next business day and will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Once the check has been mailed, the Division cannot provide updates on its location or the status of its delivery.

Don’t Have a Bank or Credit Union Account?

If you do not have an account with a financial institution, but would like to select direct deposit as your payment method, consider opening a bank or credit union account now. There are many options in Maryland. To learn more general information about bank and credit union accounts, read the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation’s Frequently Asked Questions. To learn about some of the many bank account options available for Marylanders, visit the CASH Campaignof Maryland’s Bank On Maryland program. You may also contact a financial institution of your choice. Please note it is a consumer’s responsibility to thoroughly research and review any information provided by any of these entities before opening an account.

Questions?

If you have questions about the department’s transition from issuing benefit payments to claimants via debit card through Bank of America to direct deposit (or paper check) through Wells Fargo, please read our Direct Deposit of Benefit Payments Frequently Asked Questions.
Sours: https://www.labor.maryland.gov/employment/unemployment.shtml
Maryland Unemployment Insurance BEACON One-Stop Account Activation and Login

107,000+ jobless workers losing unemployment benefits in Maryland

BALTIMORE — More than 107,000 unemployment insurance claimants will stop receiving benefits in Maryland on September 5.

Federal pandemic unemployment programs expire nationwide on September 6, however, the U.S. Department of Labor only allows states to pay claimants for a full week of unemployment. In Maryland, a full week is from Sunday to Saturday. Partial weeks of unemployment are not payable.

As of the week ending August 28, there were 68,738 claimants receiving benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program and 39,119 claimants receiving Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides an additional $300 per week for claimants who receive at least $1 in benefits under another unemployment insurance program and the Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation Program (MEUC) providing an additional $100 weekly benefit payment to eligible claimants will also be expiring.

WMAR-2 News Mallory Sofastaii asked the Maryland Department of Labor if claimants under these programs will still receive backpay. In an email, a spokeswoman wrote:

"Claims that include weeks of eligibility that end on or before September 4 will be processed even after the federal programs expire. Claimants will receive benefits for all weeks they are determined to be eligible for, even if a determination of eligibility occurs after September 4. If a claimant is waiting to receive an eligibility determination for any federal program, the Department will ensure that they receive all payments owed for those weeks."

The Department has also extended the deadline for jobless workers to file a claim under the PUA program through October 6, 2021. Up until that date, the Department will accept new initial claims for PUA benefits for weeks of unemployment ending between December 12, 2020, and September 4, 2021. Claimants are only eligible for PUA benefits for weeks they were unemployed or partially unemployed because of an approved COVID-19 related reason.

And while President Biden has said states can use federal pandemic-related funds to extend unemployment benefits, a Department spokeswoman said that will not happen in Maryland. Federal programs will end as planned on September 4th.

Sours: https://www.wmar2news.com/unemploymentguide/107-000-jobless-workers-losing-unemployment-benefits-in-maryland

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