The easiest way to file a claim is by computer at www.ncesc.com. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can file a claim over the phone by calling the toll free number 877-841-9617.
The NC Division of Employment Security of the NC Department of Commerce warns that: “Each person who collects Unemployment Insurance benefits is legally responsible for making sure he or she follows the rules set by state law.” To make sure you are following the law, the NC Division of Employment Security has a list of “Top Ten Key Facts” to keep in mind when filing for Unemployment Insurance:
1. Accurately Report the Reason You Are Unemployed. Accurately report your reason for separation from your job when you initially file your claim for benefits.
2. Report Any Wages You Are Earning. You must report your gross wages for each week you work. Report on all earnings – including part-time or temporary work.
3. Register with the North Carolina Division of Workforce Solutions. For assistance with re-employment, you may register with the North Carolina Division of Workforce Solutions at http://www.NCWorks.gov.
4. Be Available for Work. In order to collect benefits, you must continually verify that you are able, available and willing to accept suitable work.
5. Actively Search for Work. You are required to make contact with two different employers on two separate days of each week. You are also required to maintain documentation of that search.
6. Develop an Effective Work Search Plan. Contact the North Carolina Division of Workforce Solutions for help with planning an effective work search.
7. Avoid Errors and Ensure Proper Payment of Benefits. To prevent errors that may result in an overpayment, read all of the information provided to you.
8. Don’t Delay – As Soon As You Begin Working Again, Report Your Return to Work. As soon as you begin working, notify your state’s UI office. Do not wait until you receive your first paycheck.
9. Follow the Rules to Prevent Yourself from Committing Fraud. Anyone who collects UI benefits is legally responsible for following the rules. Failure to follow the rules can have serious consequences.
10. Know Your Responsibilities and Ask for Help. Navigating through the UI system can be confusing. If you have a question, your state UI office is here to help. You can contact us by calling 1-888-737-0259, by visiting www.ncesc.com.
William C. Trosch
Attorney at Law