To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, many businesses have shut down operations, resulting in mass lay-offs. The Library has collected the following resources to help displaced workers apply for Unemployment Insurance and other benefits.
If your employer shuts down operations, lays off employees, or reduces hours due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.
Unemployment insurance is for individuals who are unemployed or working reduced hours due to no fault of their own; however, you must file a claim to confirm eligibility for benefits.
Learn more about unemployment insurance in Maryland with the following links from the Maryland Department of Labor.
The federal government recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which includes an expansion of unemployment insurance benefits through three programs:
For more information about eligibility for these programs and the CARES Act, read the Frequently Asked Questions page from the Maryland Department of Labor.
You can file for unemployment benefits through Maryland's Unemployment Insurance Initial Claim System using a NetClaims application. To be eligible for benefits, you must make a minimum of three (3) valid job contacts per week, unless you are exempt from work search.
You can contact a Claim Center from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm by calling 410-949-0022. Please note The Division of Unemployment Insurance is experiencing a high volume of calls resulting in longer than usual wait times. To report problems placing a call or accessing the website, email email@example.com.
You must submit weekly claims
to maintain unemployment insurance benefits. Due to the declared state
of emergency, the Maryland Secretary of Labor has ordered a ten week
exemption from the requirement that claimants search for work every week
to receive benefits. However, claimants are encouraged to complete
Reemployment Activities through the Maryland Workforce Exchange. For
more information, see the Maryland Department of Labor's FAQs.
Many companies are still hiring at this time.
While the Enoch Pratt Free Library is closed, you can receive resume and career help via email.
If you have questions about your resume, cover letter, or job search resource, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Inquiries will be answered in the order in which they’re received. Due to limited staff and uncertain demand, we can not guarantee a response time.
There are multiple agencies and websites to help you identify which government benefits you may be eligible for, and how to apply for them.
Search for and apply for benefits on myDHR. Benefits available through DHR include:
Call 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211, or visit 211md.org to get connected with health and human services across Maryland, including:
Find information and eligibility requirements for government benefits and services through benefits.gov, the official benefits website of the U.S. Government. This online resource is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor with collaboration from multiple partner agencies.
Find benefit information and resources for: