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I'm not sure what you previously read as there are many different attorneys who answer customer questions on this site. However, I can unfortunately tell you that the response you received from NC DES is correct. In NC, the receipt of severance or accrued vacation will operate to disqualify an employee from unemployment benefits for the number of weeks wages that money represents. It may be that you read a response intended for a customer of a different state, or that you read a response written when the law may have been different. But I can tell you with certainty that severance and vacation do operate to temporarily disqualify a claimant in NC from collecting UI benefits.
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