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More people affected by North Carolina unemployment changes

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

On June 30, 2013, an estimated 70,000 people in North Carolina lost their long-term unemployment benefits. However, they weren't the only one's seeing cuts or reduction to their unemployment checks. House Bill 1, which became law in February, also affected "attached unemployed" workers.

East Carolina University Professor, Phillip Rothman says attached unemployed refers to workers who still on their employers payroll, but have been temporarily laid off. Once work picks back up their employer can call them back to work.

One "attached unemployed" worker contacted 9 On Your Side after he says he was told this type of benefit no longer existed. So, 9 On Your Side asked the employment securities commission, who says, attached unemployment still exist; but now there are new restrictions which are follows:

• Employers with a negative balance are required to bring the balance up to zero before an attached claim is submitted.

• Employers are required to prepay the full amount of unemployment benefits payable to

T the employee before the claims are processed.

• Payments must be received and cleared prior to benefits being disbursed to the claimant.

• Employers will have 14 calendar days to prepay estimated benefits after claim request is made.

• Funds collected from employers will be posted directly to a special account for prepayment.

• Employers may only file one attached claim per employee per benefit year.

• The period of attached unemployment for which the claim is filed may not exceed six consecutive weeks.

• Employers will be reimbursed for unused prepaid amounts by calculating prepaid amounts minus benefits actually paid.

The Employment Securities Commission says if employers don't meet the above mentioned requirements, their "attached unemployed" workers can apply for regular unemployment benefits.

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