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Gig & Freelance & Unemployed--Oh My!

A newspaper ad reads , "Help Wanted: Jobs."
A judge has temporarily blocked Gov. Hogan's move to end enhanced federal unemployment benefits. Credit: Amtec Photos/Flickr Creative Commons

Governor Hogan’s move to end enhanced federal unemployment benefits early is on hold until legal arguments are thrashed out in the next couple of weeks.

What would the end of the special pandemic benefits mean for the thousands of gig workers in Maryland?

Two freelancers--oboist Rick Basehore and writer Wendy Meyeroff--describe bewildering applications and long gaps but say the benefits are crucial.

And Rebecca Smith of the National Employment Law Projectcontends some Maryland workers should be eligible permanently for what they got during the pandemic.

Check out this WYPR News coverage of the legal battle over unemployment benefits in Maryland.

Production assistance from Genevieve Montinar.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.