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Parade of Horribles, Part 4: Eliminating existing UI eligibility provisions

It’s been a busy day in Raleigh, and tomorrow policymakers will be considering a bill to overhaul North Carolina’s unemployment insurance (UI) system in a House committee. One aspect of the bill that has not gotten much attention is the proposed elimination of the family hardship, disability and health, and trailing spouse provisions.

The family hardship provision allows a worker to remain eligible for UI benefits if she/he loses a job solely because she/he is unable to accept work during a particular shift because of the inability to secure child care, eldercare, or care for a disabled family member.

The disability and health provision allows a worker to remain eligible for UI benefits  if she/she leaves her/his job solely because she/he or their minor child, aged or disabled parent or other immediate family member have a disability or health condition that justifies leaving.

And the trailing spouse provision allows a worker to remain eligible for UI benefits if a worker quits her/his job because her/his spouse is transferred to a geographic location that is too far for her/his spouse to commute.

Eliminating these provisions is not going to fix the current debt. Claims brought under these provisions represent a tiny proportion of UI claims and benefits paid out. But they can make a huge difference to North Carolina workers and their families. For more information about these provisions, take a look at our fact sheet.

3 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    January 30, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    How many people in prison are receiving unemployment benefits?

  2. david esmay

    January 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Only you, Frances. And for your information, you only feel imprisoned because you live inside your head, and that head is in a bubble trapped inside a vacuum, floating in a right wing nut fever swamp.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    January 30, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    When Apodaca and Hartsell come after you with their high priced lawyers for slander, you will be hunting for some high grade moonshine to ease your pain.