MEDIA ADVISORY: Press briefing to address drastic proposed changes to NC’s unemployment insurance system

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Press briefing to address drastic proposed changes to NC’s unemployment insurance system 
General Assembly’s proposal would provide tax cuts for employers, cut benefits for thousands of workers
 
WHO: The North Carolina Justice Center, with NELP’s George Wentworth
WHAT: Press briefing to address proposed changes to North Carolina’s unemployment insurance system
WHEN: Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 11:45 a.m. (Time is approximate – briefing will begin directly following Revenue Laws Study Committee meeting)
WHERE: Press Briefing Room, North Carolina General Assembly, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh
 
RALEIGH (January 7, 2013) – On Tuesday, January 8, the North Carolina Justice Center will host a press briefing addressing the North Carolina General Assembly’s proposal to reform the state’s unemployment insurance system. Early analysis of the proposal shows that it would dramatically cut taxes for North Carolina employers, while cutting benefits for thousands of workers by $600 to $700 million annually.
 
The conference will feature George Wentworth, senior attorney at the National Employment Law Project, who will offer a detailed explanation of the proposal currently being considered by North Carolina lawmakers. The proposal reduces both the maximum weekly benefit amount and maximum duration for receiving benefits. In addition, it would change the formula used to calculate benefits, and add an additional waiting week for benefits for workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
 
The event will take place in the press briefing room, directly following the Revenue Laws Study Committee meeting at the North Carolina General Assembly.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Rowe, Director of Advocacy, bill@ncjustice.org, 919.856.2177; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, jeff@ncjustice.org, 503.551.3615 (cell).