As we advised you last week, a Maryland court in Baltimore had ordered the restoration of the federal $300 weekly premium for unemployed individuals, notwithstanding the severe labor shortage that businesses are currently facing. Well, this week in that same Baltimore City Circuit Court, Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill replaced his 10-day restraining order with a preliminary injunction on Governor Larry Hogan prohibiting the state from stopping the extra unemployment payments until two cases are adjudicated. Effectively, the ruling preserves the extra unemployment payments right up through their scheduled expiration date of September 6 since termination of the benefit requires another 30-day notice to the U.S. Department of Labor. No trial dates have yet been set for the two pending challenges, so there will not be any time left on the calendar for the Governor to provide the notices and stop the premium payments.