Thursday, April 26, 2012

New Maryland Law Protects Unemployment Benefits for Victims of Domestic Violence

The Maryland General Assembly passed a law, effective October 1, 2012, that will protect victims of domestic violence.   The law states that an individual is eligible for unemployment benefits if it is determined that the individual voluntarily left employment because he or she or his or her spouse, child, or parent was a victim of domestic violence. The individual must (1) reasonably believe that the individual's continued employment would jeopardize the safety of the individual or the individual's family; and (2) provide documentation substantiating the domestic violence.   The law's fiscal note give a no nonsense explanation of the sources of funds for unemployment benefits.  

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