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  • Summary date: Apr 20 2011 - View Summary

    Enacts new subsection (h) to GS 96-13, which details unemployment benefit eligibility conditions, providing that no individual is eligible for benefits in any week that the individual failed to perform volunteer public service as follows: (1) five hours per week during each week of the period beginning with the ninth week of benefit eligibility through the 52nd week of eligibility and (2) ten hours per week during each week of the period including and after the 53rd week of eligibility. Directs the Employment Security Commission (Commission) to adopt rules to provide, at a minimum: (1) that only unpaid service to an incorporated nonprofit, an organized religious entity, or a governmental entity or public organization qualifies and (2) that written proof must be submitted weekly. Makes falsification of written proof punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor. Provides an exemption due to personal illness or a documented family emergency, as detailed, provided the individual makes up the service hours in the following week. Allows disqualification after a failure to perform volunteer service to be adjudicated only on the argument that the individual actually performed the service. Makes a conforming change to GS 96-8(10), clarifying that an individual is considered unemployed as to the receipt of severance pay during any week the individual is performing volunteer public service, or is engaged in another activity under existing law. Includes whereas clauses. Applies to claims made on or after the act becomes law.