Frequently Asked Questions About Maryland Unemployment Benefits (2022)
As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues in 2022, and as Maryland slowly but surely re-opens, many people are changing their jobs, and sometimes seeking unemployment benefits. In Maryland, you can apply through Maryland's "One Beacon" online portal.
Maryland created the One Beacon portal in 2020 to address the state and federal pandemic benefits. The federal benefit program ended in Sept. 2021. In 2022, there are only Maryland unemployment benefits.
You can access One Beacon here at Maryland Dept. of Labor Web Site (click here).
Unemployment benefits is an insurance program that provides a certain level of payment to anyone in Maryland who has worked sufficiently and is laid off - or let go through no fault of their own. That is the simplest definition. Of course, many regulations, laws, and rules apply.
If you work in Maryland, you should apply for unemployment benefits in Maryland.
If you find yourself out of a job and are not familiar with Maryland’s unemployment benefits, you may have tons of questions about the process. Sometimes getting answers from the very busy State of Maryland can be tricky. So, Mosson Law, LLC has answered some of the most frequently asked questions below about Maryland unemployment benefits.
What should I do to prepare for the application?
The first step is to apply at One Beacon. If you do not apply, you cannot receive unemployment benefits.
If you have been laid off, entirely or temporarily, or fired, and it was communicated by letter, email, text message, or any written document, you should keep it handy to show to the State, if needed.
Likewise, if you disagree with why the employment has ended - it may not be necessary - but gather the documents that present your side of the story.
You can be denied unemployment benefits, in part or in whole, if found to have committed "misconduct" or "gross misconduct" at work. Sometimes, you have to defend your work history performance to obtain these benefits.
More About Maryland Unemployment Benefits:
The Maryland Department of Labor provides online information about various frequent topics concerning unemployment benefits and One Beacon, linked here.
In my experience, a person only needs legal help or representation if they are denied, or if the reason the employment ended is in hot dispute.
Further, while One Beacon did have many problems last year and during 2020, the Maryland Department of Labor is making progress, in my experience, in fixing some bugs and clearing some pandemic backlog.
Lastly, you should take time - after you have applied - to familiarize yourself with your One Beacon Portal.
If you have any more questions about unemployment benefits in Maryland, get in touch with the experts at Mosson Law, LLC.
Gregg H. Mosson, Esq.
Mosson Law, LLC
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