AN ACT TO MAKE TECHNICAL, ADMINISTRATIVE, AND CLARIFYING CHANGES TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE LAWS.
Amends GS 96-1, which sets out the definitions applicable to GS Chapter 96, Employment Security. Excludes from the definition of employment service performed by a direct seller, as defined by section 3508(b)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Adds that the term does not include a person defined in section 3508(b)(2)(A)(iii) of the Code, which includes persons engaged in the trade or business of the delivering or distribution of newspapers or shopping news (including any services directly related to those trades or businesses). Also excludes from the definition of employment service performed by an intern for a governmental unit. Makes technical changes. Effective July 1, 2018, and applies to claims for benefits filed on or after that date as well as tax calculations on or after that date.
Amends Section 3.2(b) of SL 2017-8, as amended, extending the effective date of the new requirement that employers must respond to unemployment insurance claims within 10 days of receipt of notice (employers were previously given 14 days to respond prior to the SL 2017-8 amendments) from January 1, 2018, to January 1, 2019.
Amends GS 96-14.9(e), reducing the number of job contacts with potential employers an individual must make during the week from five to three job contacts in order to be determined that the individual is actively seeking work for unemployment insurance eligibility purposes. Effective July 1, 2018, and applies to claims for benefits filed on or after that date as well as tax calculations on or after that date.
Amends GS 96-9.15(d), requiring employers with reportable wages for 10 employees (previously, 25 employees) to file an electronic "Employer's Quarterly Tax and Wage Report" with the Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security, as currently prescribed. Effective January 1, 2019.
Amends GS 96-15(b)(1), adding a new provision that allows for unemployment claims to be withdrawn by a claimant upon filing of a notice of withdrawal within 10 days from the earlier of mailing or delivery of the individual's monetary determination, and a finding of good cause by the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Commerce or the Assistant Secretary's designee. Effective July 1, 2018, and applies to benefits filed on or after that date as well as tax calculations on or after that date.
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