COVID-19 Workforce Assistance
City of Annapolis - Food Fridays
The City of Annapolis, in conjunction with the Office of Emergency Management offers the Food Friday Program - food boxes prepared on Fridays and delivered (or picked up) to City Residents. If you are a worker who either lives in the City of Annapolis or works in the City who has been laid off or had hours reduced because of COVID-19, you are eligible for this service. (Deliveries can only be made to City residents, all others will need to pick-up). Deliveries take place between 12pm-1pm and pick-ups are at Pip Moyer Rec Center (273 Hilltop Ln) at 12pm.
To be placed on the list, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at 410-216-9167 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impacted Workers Support Fund
The Impacted Workers Support Fund was launched by Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation in partnership with Anne Arundel County to provide financial assistance to residents whose employment was affected by the additional restrictions put in place since November 2020. Qualified county residents who were working in an industry that was impacted by new restrictions or lost their job due to the impact of increased COVID-19 cases on or after November 1st, may receive $500 financial support through this new fund.
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The EEOC maintains a web page on COVID-19 and Equal Opportunity Employment laws.
US Department of Labor
The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies, and their effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
See the US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division for additional information on the FMLA or call 1-866-487-9243 if you have questions.
Maryland Department of Human Services
Maryland's Department of Human Services has put together a List of State of Maryland Financial Resources & Services that contains resources from the Department of Human Services (DHS), Maryland Department of Labor and Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to help claimants whose CARES Act benefits are expiring at the end of the month.
Maryland Department of Labor
New resource - the COVID-19 Financial Relief Guide for Marylanders is a downloadable consumer guide that summarizes some of the new COVID-19 financial relief programs and consumer protections for Maryland residents and their families, with links to more resources.
New resource - the COVID-19 Information - Financial Regulation webpage is for industries supervised by the Commissioner of Financial Regulation and includes COVID-19 advisories, regulatory guidance, and other resources for licensees, registrants, and state-chartered institutions.
Visit the Department of Labor’s COVID-19 FAQ about COVID-19 and Maryland’s Unemployment Insurance Benefits Administration - Unemployment Insurance.
Are you looking for employment opportunities in Maryland during COVID-19? Maryland Department of Labor has compiled a list of employers who are hiring individuals to immediately fill hundreds of positions.
Division of Unemployment Insurance
The Maryland Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Program is fully operational. Employees who have been laid off can file a claim immediately (there is no waiting period) by phone or online (recommended). Eligible Marylanders will be paid benefits through the first day after they were laid off. The state has temporarily waived all work-search requirements for unemployment insurance benefit recipients.
Do you need assistance with the BEACON One-Stop Online Application? View the BEACON One-Stop Tutorial Videos (scroll to the middle of the page).
New Process for Maryland Unemployment Claims Issues
For questions regarding BEACON 2.0, please e-mail UI.Inquiry@maryland.gov
File Your Missing Weekly Claim Certification(s) Online
Labor has implemented a new solution and updated their systems to allow you to file ALL the weekly claim certifications you have been unable to file since filing your initial claim. For detailed instructions, please visit the File Your Missing Weekly Claim Certification(s) Online page.
Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance Program
Work Sharing is a voluntary program that provides an alternative to layoffs for employers faced with a temporary, non-cyclical decline in business due to lower economic activity. Qualified employers who participate in Work Sharing are able to retain an entire employee group by reducing that group’s hours of work by a percentage equal to the total reduction of hours that would have been achieved by a layoff.
Please contact email@example.com for additional information
Division of Labor and Industry
The Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Labor and Industry enforces the Maryland Health Working Families Act, also known as Safe and Sick Leave, which may be useful for employees who need to take off from work due to COVID-19. For further assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-767-2357.
Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
Labor’s Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning enforces the Rapid Response System, which works collaboratively with the State’s businesses and workers to minimize the impact of economic disruptions caused by layoffs and plant or business operations closing.
Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance
Labor’s Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance is available to help Maryland business owners find timely and effective solutions to issues, so they can go about running their companies. They can be contacted by calling 410-230-6101 or emailing email@example.com.
Expansion of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Under the New CARES Act
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Individuals who are not usually eligible for regular UI and who cannot work due to COVID-19 are eligible for a maximum of 39 weeks of benefits, which includes $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).
Those who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, or have insufficient work history are able to apply online for unemployment assistance.
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
$600 per week on top of current regular UI benefits. Effective March 29, 2020 through July 31, 2020. You will be automatically updated if you qualify, are currently receiving benefits, and once technical systems are modified.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
13 additional weeks of UI benefits, plus $600 FPUC. Effective March 29, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020. You will be automatically updated if you qualify, are currently receiving benefits, and once technical systems are modified.
Maryland Insurance Administration
Visit the Maryland Insurance Administration’s FAQ page addressing insurance-related questions about COVID-19.
Maryland Department of Health
As part of the state’s overall response to the coronavirus, and in an effort to prioritize health and safety, Maryland Health Connection has opened a new special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders.
Maryland Department of Human Services
The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state’s primary social service provider. The Department aggressively pursues opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide preventive services, and protect vulnerable children and adults
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called the Food Supplement Program (FSP) in Maryland, formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income households buy the food they need for good health. Everyone has the right to apply for FSP.
Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation
Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation offers resources and assistance for job seekers, and maintains a resource page for COVID-19.
AAWDC’s Business & Industry Solutions team is available to assist with workforce challenges. Please fill out this short questionnaire about how COVID-19 is impacting your business and an AAWDC Business Solutions team member will reach out to with resources and services to help.
AAWDC also keeps a list of current temporary, part-time, and full-time employment opportunities.
Anne Arundel County Food Bank
The Anne Arundel County Food Bank (AACFB) ensures that all those in need have access to food, nutritional supplements and baby food.
Community Action Agency of Anne Arundel County
For Anne Arundel County residents who require assistance with their utility bills or with housing services, please call 410-626-1900. Press #3 to reach Energy Assistance staff and press #4 to reach a member of our Housing Assistance and Services staff.