Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis Thursday slammed Gov. Larry Hogan’s recent to decision to reinstate the pre-pandemic requirement that Marylanders who receive unemployment insurance benefits be actively searching for work.
Hogan announced the decision at a news conference on Wednesday. The governor said that he directed the state’s Department of Labor to begin working with the federal government to reinstate work search requirements, which are scheduled to be put back into place in late June.
The decision to reinstate work search requirements was praised by some of the state’s business leaders and lawmakers.
“Reinstating the search requirement is more important than ever. Employers cannot find employees and are having to close their doors due to staffing shortages,” Maryland Retailers Association President Cailey Locklair said. “With the majority of Marylanders immunized (65 percent of Marylanders have one dose to date with 2.5 million fully vaccinated) employees can safely go back to work.”