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.