Judge blocks Maryland governor from ending federal unemployment benefits early

The governor sought to curtail pandemic jobless aid, citing a worker shortage.

7/15/2021 10:45:00 AM

Judge blocks Maryland governor from ending federal unemployment benefits early.

The governor sought to curtail pandemic jobless aid, citing a worker shortage.

The legal action came in response to multiple cases challenging Hogan's decision, which was announced in early June. The Republican governor said at the time that many businesses were facing"severe worker shortages" and"we look forward to getting more Marylanders back to work."

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Brian Witte/AP, FILEIn this April 12, 2021 photo Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan talks to reporters at the governor's residence on the last day of the state's legislative session in Annapolis, Md.Fletcher-Hill wrote the plaintiffs demonstrated that they"will suffer irreparable harm" if the injunction was not issued, and have shown that the issuance of it"is in the public interest."

Federal pandemic unemployment benefits include an extra $300 a week and also expand eligibility to allow more people who may not have previously qualified (such as independent contractors) to receive jobless aid. The bolstered federal unemployment insurance programs were set to last through early September, though Hogan sought to cut them off in July. headtopics.com

MORE: Why business leaders need a 'wake-up call' to take burnout seriously right now, experts sayA slew of states have similarly sought to curtail the enhanced federal unemployment benefits programs. Many Republican governors, including Hogan, have argued these benefits are dissuading people from seeking work as the economy begins to bounce back from the pandemic-induced downturn. An apparent labor shortage in the restaurant industry as many businesses reopen at once has also left some employers struggling to find staff.

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