Effective October 1, 2012, individuals who must leave employment due to domestic violence may be eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits.
The new law, sponsored by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, with major support from the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, will provide certain individuals with the safety net of unemployment insurance benefits while rebuilding their lives.
The scope of this law is limited to domestic violence caused by a current or former spouse or partner. The law requires that the need to quit be directly caused by domestic violence and the belief that continued employment would jeopardize the safety of the individual
or the individual’s immediate family. Additionally, the law requires recent legal documentation including a protective order, other court order or a police record.
Download this PDF for more information: Unemployment Benefits for DV Victims Flyer