A federal judge has ruled that Baltimore County's pension system discriminates against beneficiaries based on age because older workers were required to pay more toward their retirement than younger workers.
Human Genome Sciences Inc., which was acquired for $3.6 billion by London-based GlaxoSmithKline Plc in August, intends to lay off 97 employees in mid-December, and an additional but unspecified number of cuts are planned for next year, the company warned Maryland labor regulators this week.
Many Maryland employers will see their per-worker tax for unemployment insurance drop by more than half next year, a sharp improvement after three years of maximum rates forced by recessionary layoffs.
Convenience-store supplier Eby-Brown warned Maryland regulators that it will lay off 112 employees in Baltimore, the state said Friday. Separately, MV Transportation said it would lay off 68 in Waldorf.
The Harford County Education Association, the union representing the county's 3,200 public school teachers, says it is opposed to the school system's plan to cut 66 positions, even though the cuts are tied to the first raises approved for teachers and other school employees in four years.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. plans to submit a case to Maryland regulators by the end of the year that would allow it to raise its electric and naturak gas distribution rates, Chicago-based Exelon Corp., the utility's new owner, said Thursday.
Citing the new financial burden caused by last week's Maryland General Assembly action on teacher pension obligations, Harford County Executive David Craig has decided to withdraw legislation that would have paid a one-time, $650 bonus to all county government and school employees next month.
The Baltimore County Council has approved County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's spending plan for the coming fiscal year, a $1.65 billion operating budget that includes no furloughs, layoffs or tax increases.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has said the county will have 7 percent fewer employees this year compared with last year. This has been accomplished by offering early retirements and departmental reorganizations. No staff reductions were the result of layoffs or furloughs.