COVID-19 Workforce Assistance

The City of Annapolis understands that COVID-19 will have a significant impact on our local businesses and their employees. Below, please find important workforce resources. 

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 

The EEOC maintains an FAQ on What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19 

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.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing,expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers. The bill takes effect April 2, 2020 and these provisions will apply through December 31, 2020. For more information, see Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

Generally, the Act provides that employees of covered employers are eligible for:

• Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick time at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or

• Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick time at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or to care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor; and

• Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid family leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.

Maryland Department of Labor 

Visit the Department of Labor's COVID-19 FAQ about COVID-19 and Maryland’s Unemployment Insurance Benefits Administration - Unemployment Insurance.

For information on the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund visit our COVID-19 Small Business Relief page.

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 ssl.assistance@maryland.gov or call 410-767-2357.

Labor's Division of Unemployment Insurance is continuing to accept claims for unemployment insurance benefits, which are available for those who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. To speak to an Unemployment insurance specialist, please call 301-723-2000. 

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.

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 osbra.inquiry@maryland.gov.

Expansion of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Under the New CARES Act

The federal government recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which includes an expansion of unemployment insurance benefits for Marylanders. The Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor opted into providing ALL three of the expanded unemployment insurance programs offered through the provisions of the CARES Act.

Like many other states, Labor's IT system is currently NOT set-up to process these new CARES Act programs immediately. This will take time, but please note that you WILL receive these new benefits back to the earliest date of your eligibility.

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).

Please do NOT yet submit an application if you are self-employed, an independent contractor, gig worker, have insufficient work history, and/or believe you may be eligible. Our system is currently not set up to process these types of applicants, as they are formerly considered ineligible. If you do submit an application, it will be denied. To receive an e-mail once the new application is ready, please sign up here.

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.