The Maryland Department of Labor, Division of Unemployment Insurance (DUI), will launch their new unemployment system, BEACON, on Monday, September 21, 2020. In preparation for this exciting system modernization, we wish to provide you with important information.

To allow the migration of data from their legacy mainframe to BEACON, the DUI will be taking their existing system offline on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 5:00 EDT. Click here to be taken to information on BEACON and for details of the impact of the DUI going offline later in the week. Please note that you will need to scroll down to the article titled “BEACON 2.0 Launching in September.”

As with many state UI system modernizations, an employer account must be established to allow for your access and provide you with functionality. Through our interactions with key leadership at the DUI, we have been informed that all current Equifax clients will be grandfathered from their legacy system to the new BEACON system. With that being said, ALL Maryland employers –regardless of an existing relationship with a TPA of record – will be required to establish an employer account.

On September 2, 2020, the DUI issued messaging to all Maryland employers about establishing their account in BEACON. If you have not yet received such messaging, you should be on the lookout for the letter and follow the instructions found therein. For our employer clients who may have not yet received it, we have included the content of the communication.

Dear Employer:

The Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance (“DUI”) is excited to announce its new system, Reemployment BEACON (“BEACON”), will go live in late September 2020. The new BEACON system will fully integrate all DUI functions and will create a customer web portal that will allow employers and third party agents (TPAs) to access and manage their DUI employer accounts. In the new BEACON system, employers and TPAs will be able to file quarterly wage reports, view benefit charge statements and annual tax rate information, make payments online, file appeals, provide separation information, manage power of attorney, and allow for faster and easier account updates.

Before the new BEACON system goes live, you can activate your BEACON account at:

https://employer.beacon.labor.md.gov. To activate your account, please provide the following information:

Employer account number; and for security purposes, the amount of your most recent payment to DUI or your most recently reported gross wages.

You will only have to activate your account once. When you logon to BEACON for the first time, you will need to create a username, password, and three (3) security questions. This process creates an administrator account for your associated employer account number. Once you create an administrator account, you will have the ability to create additional users to manage your DUI employer account.

To assist Employers and TPAs with account activation, the Division has created a special Employer/TPA account activation hotline. The account activation hotline can be reached at 410-767-8997. The hotline will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Employers and TPAs may also email UI.EmployerActivation@maryland.gov with questions about account activation.