The CARES Act & the North Carolina Department of Commerce & Employment Security

By June 8, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19

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 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:


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 too.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.

Mike Parker

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Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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