May 11th MD Dept. of Commerce Updates
Westminster, MD
05/11/2020 03:51 PM

New Unemployment Guide from the Maryland Department of Labor:

How to answer new weekly claim certification questions required by the U.S. Department of Labor. The guide lists new questions in the order they are asked, describes what the questions are asking claimants, and explains what answering "Yes" or "No" means.

Safety and Health in the Workplace under COVID-19:

OSHA standards and directives (instructions for compliance officers) and other related information that may apply to worker exposure to COVID-19.

Clarification Regarding Filing for Unemployment as a non-W2 worker:

Under the CARES Act, the PUA program was created for those not traditionally eligible for unemployment insurance, such as the self-employed and independent contractors. To be eligible for UI under PUA, you must FIRST be determined ineligible for regular UI. One of the eligibility requirements for regular UI is that you must have earned a sufficient amount of money as a W-2 employee, i.e. "wages." If you did not earn a sufficient amount of wages, you were determined to be ineligible for regular UI. That is the basis for the confusing message that non-W2 UI applicants have received. MD Labor is working to make this language clearer.

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