Can I collect unemployment benefits while working?

Can I collect unemployment benefits while working?

Yes. You can collect benefits while working in certain limited circumstances. This is generally found in G.S. §96-15.01.

Am I required to register for work to be eligible for unemployment benefits?

In order to meet your work registration requirement for unemployment insurance benefits, you must:

  1. Register for work at by creating an online account. Click on the ‘Not Registered?’ link and then select ‘Individual’ under Option 3 -Create a User Account. The website will then guide you through the steps to complete your account setup.
  2. Maintain an active account. If more than 90 days has passed since you last logged in to, you must login and verify your information to reactivate your registration.

What is a unemployment benefits base period?

Your base period is the time frame used to determine whether you are monetarily eligible to receive unemployment payments. It normally includes the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters.

What wages can be used to establish a claim for unemployment benefits?

Any wages used to establish eligibility for UI benefits must be earned in employment that is covered by the Employment Security Law. This means that the employer must be subject to UI tax. Employers who are liable under the Employment Security Law are required to post a Certificate of Coverage and Notice to Workers (Form NCUI 524) in their place of business.

What if I filed an unemployment benefits claim, but have now returned to work?

If you have returned to work full-time, you should immediately stop filing for UI benefits and let DES know that you have returned to work. You may contact DES by email at [email protected].

How do I protect or maintain my unemployment benefits?

You must be able and available to work, and maintain eligibility requirements. You should also attend any hearing that results from an appeal of a determination or decision that was favorable to you.

What does it mean if I received my determination letter of unemployment claim stating I am ‘not disqualified’?

This means you are eligible for benefits based on the particular issue.

Can I file for unemployment benefits again if I lose my job?

If you lose your job again, you may file for unemployment benefits by telephone or at the DES website.

What evidence should I provide during the unemployment benefit hearing?

See full answerThe best evidence is testimony from a person who was present at an event and can answer specific questions about what happened. Hearsay evidence may support a finding of fact if it meets the statutory requirements set forth in N.C. Gen. Stat. 8C, Article 8. If the hearsay evidence does not meet the statutory requirements, then the evidence may qualify as an exception under the hearsay rules found in N.C. Gen. Stat. 8C, Rules 803 and 804. If the testimony is based on a video or audio recording, the recording should be offered into evidence during the hearing.To have documents or electronic recordings considered, mail, fax, or deliver a copy of each to the appeals referee and each party, before the hearing date. Do this even if you previously submitted the evidence to DES. Only the documents and recordings in the hearing file will be considered, unless the right to view them is waived.

What if I do free-lance work or other odd jobs while receiving unemployment benefits?

If you do free-lance work, odd jobs, or other types of self-employment, you must be able, available, and actively seeking suitable work. Report gross earnings during the week earned (Sunday-Saturday) regardless of when the pay is received.

What happens if I disagree with the determination letter sent to me about my unemployment claim?

You may file an appeal. Instructions on how to appeal are included in the determination letter.

What is an Employability Assessment Interview?

See full answerAn Employability Assessment Interview (EAI) is a mandatory one-on-one, in-person meeting between an unemployed individual receiving unemployment insurance benefits and a workforce specialist at the local Division of Workforce Solutions (DWS) office. Unemployed individuals who are receiving unemployment insurance benefits and receive their FIRST unemployment benefit payment on or after March 1, 2014, are required to attend this scheduled meeting as a condition of continuing eligibility for receiving unemployment insurance. The meeting will serve as an opportunity for the individual to speak to a workforce specialist who can assist them with finding suitable employment in their region, have their work search documents reviewed, and provide their photographic ID.

What is the maximum unemployment benefits in NC?

The N.C. legislation reduces the maximum unemployment payment by 35 percent, from $535 to $350[1]. The number of weeks benefits can be paid will be cut from 26 weeks to a range from 12 to 20 weeks depending on the unemployment rate.

How do you qualify for unemployment benefits in NC?

In order to meet eligibility for unemployment in NC, residents must have been employed throughout the last 12 to 18 months prior to filing a claim to receive benefits. Every person who files an unemployment claim will receive a wage transcript and monetary determination letter.

What are the requirements for unemployment in NC?

The main qualifications for unemployment in North Carolina include: Being able and willing to work. Being completely or partially unemployed. Being unemployed through no fault of your own. Meeting minimum wage requirements during the last two quarters of the base period.

What is the NC unemployment benefit?

North Carolina unemployment insurance benefits offer coverage to former employees who are in need of financial assistance while they search for new means of employment. To obtain unemployment in North Carolina, residents are required to submit an unemployment claim through the NC Division of Employment Security (DES).