Employee and Labor Relations


On March 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 and appeals;

·       Grievances;

·       Probation and probationary actions;

·       Performance appraisals;

·       Responses to counseling memoranda;

·       Unsatisfactory Reports of Service


See a copy of the notice​​ for information about the specific actions and sections of the law affected, as well as the tolling period.


On the 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 action.


PLEASE NOTE:  Pursuant 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.


Questions 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.

Managed Return to Work Program (MRTW)​

The Managed Return To Work Program ​is for individuals with work related injuries or illnesses that result in temporary inability to fully perform normal work. The Program provides these employees with meaningful and productive temporary transitional duty assignments. 

Please contact 410-767-1314 if your agency is interested in implementing this Program.

Managed Return to Work - Frequently Asked Questions​

In addition:

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.​​​

Attention Human Resources Officers:

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.

Contact Information

301 W. Preston Street,
Suite 607
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


Heinrich J. Losemann, Jr.,
Employee and Labor Relations Division

Fatima Wallace
Administrative Specialist

James Fox
Settlement Coordinator
EAP Coordinator

Brent Tracy
Settlement Officer

Joseph Horvath
Employee & Labor Relations

Lauren Tabackman
Employee & Labor Relations

Katie Lombardi
Training Coordinator/Settlement Officer

Thomas J. Reardon
State Social Security Administrator

Employee & Labor Relations