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Maryland Manual, 1979-80
Volume 179, Page 184   View pdf image (33K)
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Severn E. Lanier, Appeals Counsel, Beard of

Gary W. Smith, Chief Hearing Officer

A three-member Board of Appeals, appointed
by the Secretary of Human Resources for a six-
year term, hears appeals on claims for unemploy-
ment insurance benefits, appeals that arise under
the taxing provisions of the Unemployment In-
surance Law, and other matters that require ap-
pellate adjudication, including appeals from the
hearing officers' decisions regarding Work
Incentive Program (WIN) registrants (Code 1957,
Art. 95A, sees. 7, II).

Under the Jurisdiction of the Board of Appeals
is the Appeals Division, which is comprised of
officers who conduct hearings on all appeals filed
by claimants or employers from claims
determinations in the Department's local offices,
and who conduct hearings on disputed WIN
decisions. Claimants may appeal determinations
disqualifying them for benefits, or employers may
appeal determinations allowing benefits. An
Appeals Referee hears all such appeals. Any ag-
grieved party may further appeal to the Board of
Appeals. Final appellate recourse is to the Courts
of Maryland.


Mike C. Ashley, Director
Allan H. Berman, Assistant Director

This Division supervises the Unemployment In-
surance Program carried out by the local offices.
The Unemployment Insurance Division also
collects contributions from employers covered by
the Maryland Unemployment Insurance Law,
collects quarterly wage information on covered
employees, determines weekly benefit amounts in
accordance with this wage information, issues
benefit checks to local offices, reviews benefit
payments to determine if any were improperly
made, recovers improper payments, pays benefits
to individuals who formerly worked in Maryland
but who reside in other states, and collects from
other states for payment of claims to Maryland
residents whose claims are against employers in
other states, as provided by a reciprocal interstate
agreement. The law provides for an experience
rating system under which employers who main-
tain steady employment are eligible for a reduc-
tion in the rate of contributions. All funds collect-
ed under the law are deposited with the Federal
Treasury for the credit of the Unemployment

Insurance Trust Fund of Maryland and may be
used only for the payment of benefits.

Franklin A. Owens, Jr„ Director
Elizabeth L. Kennedy, Assistant Director

The Employment Service Division operates a
service that helps job-seeking citizens find em-
ployment with private employers. Functions in-
clude job placement for all persons; employment-
related counseling; aptitude testing; and referral
to agencies that provide employer services, in-
cluding job analysis, technical assistance, inter-
area recruitment, and certification of alien
workers. This Division also offers services to
residents of rural areas, including farm labor re-
cruitment and employment-related services to mi-
grant and seasonal farm workers.

The Employment Service Division operates a
statewide job bank that lists job openings avail-
able in the private sector. This Division also
participates in the Washington, D.C., Area Job

The Employment Service Director and his State
office staff are responsible for policy, planning, op-
eration of employment service programs in the lo-
cal offices, technical assistance and specialized
training, liaison with other agencies and statewide
committees, and coordination with other divisions.

The Director also is responsible for monitoring
services to migrant and seasonal farm workers,
and for development and delivery of services un-
der contracts with designated Prime Sponsors un-
der the Comprehensive Employment and Training

State and local office staff represent the Divi-
sion on a number of State, area, and local com-
missions concerned with employment and man-
power problems.

Stuart 0. Douglass, Director
Lois A. Quinn, Deputy Director

The Work Incentive Program (WIN) assists
persons receiving Aid to Families with Dependent
Children (AFDC) to obtain employment. Unless
otherwise exempt, persons receiving AFDC
benefits must register with WIN to participate in
work training and to obtain work.

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