North Carolina Unemployment If You Get Laid-off

Generally, in North Carolina you have to have lost your job through no fault of your own in order to collect unemployment. When you get laid-off, it is not your fault.

In almost all cases, this means that if you get laid-off, you are eligible to collect unemployment benefits.

If you get laid-off from your job, you should immediately apply for unemployment benefits.

Getting laid-off doesn't mean that you were fired. Getting laid-off doesn't mean that you did something wrong. Getting laid-off means that they company that you worked for did not have enough work for you to do, and could no longer afford to pay you to do your job.

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# connie 2011-07-21 09:36
I was hired for job that has now changed with new management. They did interview process and I was not chosen. There are other jobs in the company none that I am interested in. They wrote I am elligble for hire in another position in this company. Would that prevent me from having unemployment benefits?
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# Barbara 2013-05-15 23:10
same question - please send the answer to me, too.
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# Kelly 2011-08-25 23:11
I have been working for a company for over 20 years now. I am bringing home any where from 400.00 to maybe on a good month 900.00 a month. Commission pay only. No fuel allowance, no nothing. In July of 2010 I added to my income by getting another job.(working around 50 hours a week). With this second job, I was able to bring in enough money that between the two jobs I could pay my bills for each month. Today I was told by my second job that I was to be laid off, nothing I did, just laid off. And to turn my uniforms in. Now I am left with just the original job that doesn't come close to paying my monthly bills. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits? Thanks
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# John 2011-12-22 12:46
I was "seasonally laid-off" by a company I have been with for about two years. During my employment there, my finances and family have taken a hard toll. I was told alot of things by managers that never came to fruition, but they said corporate changes were being made and there was nothing they could do. Meanwhile, I have an old injury that has flared up due to the physical nature of this job on top of everything else. I am currently collecting unemployment benifits and looking for other work during this "seasonal lay-off". Recently, the company that laid me off a few weeks ago called to tell me they would like me to start working with them again in a couple of weeks. My question is this; Do I have to go back to this job if it doesn't make sense financially or if I cannot perform the tasks of the job due to injury? If I do not go back to this company, am I still eligible for unemployment benefits? Thank you in advance.
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# Joyce 2012-04-25 18:29
If you get laid off, is the company required to pay you for your vacation you earned?
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# Nyles 2012-08-31 08:43
A relative had planned to quit her job this summer and move to Fla to "start a new life". Her employer, her relatives and friends knew this. Her supervisor laid her off deliberately in July so she could have a source of income; my relative wrote this in an email.
She also has not intention of finding work in NC because she is waiting until she buys a house and finds a job in Fla.
All of this sounds and "feels" fraudulent to me. Is it?
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# April 2012-11-05 09:32
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# Mike 2013-01-02 22:08
I have worked for said company for 22 yrs. I got hurt in such duties but did not write a formal report at that time but did notify supervisor. A few months later I ended up having multiple surgeries to correct the issue in my knee resulting from this Since we didn't write a formal report at the exact time of injury work refused workman's comp coverage. .I ended up paying for all out of pocket and had 3 surgeries in 6 mths. At the end of my short term disability and FMLA which was at this same period I was medically terminated from my job. They also failed to notify me of such action by any means for 2 more moths after said date. Only reason I found out as I turned in a new Drs update an was told I was terminated since they couldn't hold a job open for person with injury after leave expired. . The also would not let me come back under light duty to my position under any means since it was not a workman's comp deal and wouldn't allow my return till 100%. I had multiple DRs notes stating I could return under light duty but job refused as it was a " Company Policy" Do I qualify for unemployment benefits now that I have been released from disability as of 1/3/2013 ? This is 6 mths after I was medically terminated in July.. I was told I would be a rehire after this but have been told I have no position as they have no open jobs now or in near future today.
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# #Elaine 2013-04-19 16:20
I was laid off from a plant due to lack of work. I filed unemployment n my job manager also he put i was laid off but online my profile says no active claim but the letter i recieved says at the bottom claim has indefinite/inelible disqualificatio ns...what does tht mean?
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# Ashley 2013-08-09 08:56
The company I have been working for has recently cut hours, I was originally making anywhere from 40-42 hours a week and now I'm working barely 25 hours. Is there anything I can do about this?
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# Val 2017-06-19 21:51
I will be laid off in 2 weeks can I file now
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