The North Carolina Department of Commerce and Employment Security advises that individuals must apply for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).
PEUC provides unemployment benefits for individuals who are eligible for benefits but exhausted regular benefits. These benefits are available for weeks ending Saturdays, April 4, 2020 through December 26, 2020. In North Carolina, the maximum weekly benefit for PEUC is $350 per week for up to 13 weeks. For weeks ending April 4, 2020 through July 25, 2020, individuals who receive PEUC will automatically receive an additional $600 in weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).
Individuals should sign into their online account at http://www.des.nc.gov and click on the ‘Apply for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation’ link to apply for PEUC. The state advises that federal guidelines require individuals to file a separate claim for PEUC to receive these benefits because individuals will not automatically receive PEUC when they exhaust regular benefits. Individuals will not be able to see the ‘Apply for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation’ link in their online account if they are not eligible for PEUC benefits. For more information, please review the state’s tip sheet: https://files.nc.gov/des/images/COVID19/peuc-tip-sheet_may29.pdf.
Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at http://www.thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/ too.
Please reach out to your representative with any questions.