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Employer and Worker Assistance

Guidance

  • The Centers for Disease Control has issued guidance for businesses and employees.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor has developed some guidelines for how companies can prepare their workplace for COVID-19 (English guide, Spanish guide). In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a COVID-19 website with information specifically for workers and employers. There is also information on issues relating to wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) for employees and employers as well as a general FAQ sheet. Please find additional implementation guidance which includes two posters – one for federal workers and one for all other employees – that will fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees about their rights under the new law. In addition, the Wage and Hour Division released a question and answer document about posting requirements, as well as a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy.

Sick Leave

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. Learn more about the Maryland Health Working Families Act here, or email ssl.assistance@maryland.gov.

Unemployment

  • All new and previously ineligible claimants, as well as claimants who could only file by phone, can now apply for Unemployment Insurance using the one-stop online portal. Please visit the Department of Labor's Unemployment Insurance homepage for application details.
  • 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.

Assistance