An introduction to North Carolina Employment Security Law

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The North Carolina Employment Security Law provides unemployment compensation benefits for some employees who lose their jobs. To qualify, unemployed workers must have registered for work and periodically report to an unemployment office. They must be able and available for work.

Common litigation issues

Occasionally eligibility disputes find their way into court. (See box below for an overview of how the process works.) The most frequently litigated issues involve questions about whether the employee:

  • Was terminated for misconduct
  • Was terminated for substantial fault in connection with his or her work
  • Left work on his or her own, but with good cause attributed to the employer.

Misconduct

The law defines misconduct as “conduct evincing such a willful or wanton disregard of an employer’s interest as is found in deliberate violations or disregard of standards of behavior which the employer has the r...(register to read more)

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