12, 2020, Governor Hogan issued an emergency Order entitled Extending Certain Licenses, Permits,
Registrations, and Other Governmental Authorizations, and Authorizing
Suspension of Legal Time Requirements.
In recognition of the fact that the COVID-19 outbreak may make it
difficult for both citizens and government employees to take actions within the
time frames that would otherwise be required by law, this Order gives Cabinet
Secretaries and other Agency heads the authority to modify time frames in
statutes, rules, and regulations administered by their agency.
On March 30,
2020, a Notice issued by Secretary Brinkley pursuant to the Governor’s Order
became effective, tolling the time frames for the following personnel actions:
· Disciplinary actions
· Probation and
· Performance appraisals;
· Responses to counseling
· Unsatisfactory Reports
See a copy of the notice for information about
the specific actions and sections of the law affected, as well as the tolling
effective date of the Notice, an affected party will retain the extant time for
taking any required action, and must act within that remaining time from the
end date of the tolled period. The
tolling period extends the time frames for an affected party to act, but does
not prohibit an affected party from moving forward with their particular
to an agreement between AFSCME and the State of Maryland, effective April 8,
2020 appeals of disciplinary suspensions and terminations by any employee in
bargaining unit A,B,C,D,F or H are excepted from the effects of this Notice,
and in such appeals, both parties remain bound by the time frames for
disciplinary appeals set forth in Title 11 of the State Personnel and Pensions
Article. For disciplinary suspensions or
terminations imposed on employees in bargaining units A,B,C,D,F, or H prior to
the effective date noted above for this exception, the time frame for appeals shall
begin to run on the said effective date.
regarding this Notice may be sent via email to: Rick.Losemann@maryland.gov.
The Employee and Labor Relations Division promotes the efficient functioning of State government so that its performance meets the high expectations of the citizens of Maryland. It does this by providing services to address work disputes, grievance resolution, and disciplinary appeals. It also provides guidance to supervisors, managers, and human resources officers in the State Personnel Management System.
The Division provides:
The Division also coordinates:
Employee Assistance Program, which provides confidential and professional referral and assessment services to State employees who are experiencing personal difficulties that are adversely affecting their work performances. Typically, the employee is referred by his or her supervisor.
Employees experiencing difficulties with domestic violence can find helpful resources through the Maryland Judiciary's Domestic Violence Webpage.
The State Social Security Administrator is located within the Employee and Labor Relations Division, and is responsible for assuring proper coverage of governmental entities under the Social Security Act, and acting as a liaison with related federal agencies.
The Employee and Labor Relations forms that used to be on this page are now in the new secure Human Resources Officers site – click the FORMS tab after logging in to the new site.
301 W. Preston Street, Suite 607Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Heinrich J. Losemann, Jr.,DirectorEmployee and Labor Relations Division410-767-4717
Fatima WallaceAdministrative Specialist410-767-4717James FoxSettlement CoordinatorEAP Coordinator410-767-5846
Brent TracySettlement Officer410-767-4953
Joseph HorvathEmployee & Labor Relations410-767-1314
Lauren TabackmanEmployee & Labor Relations410-767-1011
Katie LombardiTraining Coordinator/Settlement Officer410-767-4838
Thomas J. ReardonState Social Security Administrator410-767-4773
VacantEmployee & Labor Relations410-767-4549
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