Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who satisfy North Carolina’s eligibility requirements. To be eligible, you must have worked in North Carolina during the past 12 to 18 months and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages pursuant to the state guidelines. In addition, you must be able to work and be available for work each week that you’re collecting benefits.
Your job separation must be because you’re unemployed or working reduced hours through no fault of your own. This can be due to a layoff, a reduction in hours or wages, being terminated (not for misconduct), or quitting with good cause related to work. If everything works correctly, an individual in North Carolina who is jobless will be able to collect state unemployment benefits for up to 19 weeks (this is different than the national standard of 26 weeks).
If the process doesn’t work as it should, you may not be able to get the state to award your unemployment benefits. The paperwork and procedures involved with trying to get benefits can be overwhelming. Even if your employer doesn’t contest your benefits, trying to work your way through the North Carolina unemployment benefit process can be difficult and frustrating.
Here’s how the Deuterman Law Group can help
If you’re not satisfied with the decision of the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, we can help you petition a superior court judge to review the decision. You have just 30 days from the posting date of the Higher Authority Decision to file your appeal. You may also be able to file a request for reconsideration.
We’ll file your petition for judicial review with the Superior Court in the county where you live. If you don’t follow all of the court’s filing requirements and procedures, the petition may be dismissed. Our experienced attorneys will ensure that your petition is filed correctly and on time.
You and your attorney should participate in these proceedings in order to protect your interests. However, you’re not a party to the judicial review proceedings unless you inform the superior court in writing that you want to be a party. This notification must be sent to the court within 10 days after receiving the petition for judicial review. Another option is to file a motion to intervene. We will advise you on the best way to be involved in the hearing and will ensure that you’re heard by the court so that you can collect your unemployment benefits.