HB 1075 /SB 792- Unemployment Modifications 

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Vernetta Alston (D-Durham), Rep. Sydney Batch (D-Wake), Rep. Yvonne Holley (D- Wake), Rep. Rachel Hunt (D-Mecklenburg)

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Wiley Nickel (D-Wake), Sen. Jay Chaudhuri (D-Wake)


This bill would amend the unemployment security laws to increase eligibility from 20 weeks to 26 weeks. The bill would increase the maximum weekly benefit from $350 to $450 with the calculation based on the average of the two highest paid quarters. Current payment is calculated based on the last two quarters.

The bill would provide unemployment benefits for spousal relocation, health reasons, or undue hardship.

The bill appropriates $100,000 to the Division of Employment Security to conduct a statewide awareness campaign of these provisions and directs the Legislative Research Commission to study the feasibility of establishing unemployment work sharing or short term compensation program.