How to avoid interruption to unemployment benefits during upcoming service outage

Posted at 3:07 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 15:12:34-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s Department of Labor is reminding residents that its current One-Stop unemployment insurance system will be taken offline, starting September 16 at 5 p.m. until 12:01 a.m. on September 20.

The service outage comes as the state begins a roll out of BEACON 2.0, described as a fully modernized system that combines all benefits, appeals, tax, and reemployment matters under the unemployment insurance system.

To avoid any interruption to your benefits, the Labor Department says weekly claim certifications need to be filed before 5 p.m. on the 16th.

If you can't meet the deadline, the state says it will allow a six day extension (until Friday, September 25) to file.

The transition comes less than a week after Maryland began paying an extra $300 weekly, to unemployed residents qualified under the new Lost Wages Assistance Program.

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For more information on the transition to BEACON 2.0, click here.