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Unemployment Modernization: Information for Employers - Unemployment Insurance

Full System Implementation Slated For November, 2018

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System Testing – November, 2017 to May, 2018
Beta-Testing begins November 7, 2017
General testing invitations will start being sent December 1, 2017

Testing prior to system implementation is recommended but not required.

Employers and Third Party Agents: To receive an invitation to begin wage file submission testing, please send an email to


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Presentations providing an overview of the new UI system were made to Third-Party Agents and Employers on April 26, 2017. To watch a recording of the presentations, please follow the links below:


Preparing for Wage File Submission

In preparation for launching the new UI data system, called the Reemployment BEACON, employers and Third-Party Agents are encouraged to review the instructions for file preparation using one of the file formats below. Acceptable file formats are: .csv, xml, icesa, and efw2.This only applies if you currently, or plan to, submit your reports using wage upload. This only applies if you currently, or plan to, submit your reports using wage upload.

Employers who currently upload wages using the Maryland Format (80 characters) and Maryland Format (34 characters) should begin preparations to discontinue using them. The new Reemployment BEACON online portal will only accept csv, xml, icesa and efw2 file formats.

If you currently file your wage reports by entering employee and wage information directly into the current system, you will continue to be able to do so in the new system.  You do not need to use one of the four file formats listed below.

Instructions for Employers
Updated: 12/18/2017

Sample Files:

Instructions for Third-Party Agents
Updated: 12/18/2017

Sample Files:

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