I have a small veterinary practice, about 8 employees. In June, my office manager had to suddenly up and leave due to her husband's sudden diagnosis of pancreatic terminal stage 4 pancreatic cancer. They are not well off and she had to become his primary
caretaker. She was NOT fired, she was a good employee. I consulted with my CPA, who consulted with a supervisor in the Western North Carolina office of Unemployment Benefits. We were advised to go ahead and terminate her as we had to replace her with another
employee and we knew she would be out 9-12 months prior to his death. We do not even know if she will seek her job back. My CPA was advised that upon termination
, she would be eligible for unemployment benefits. She has been unable to receive any and we are
being told that it is because she should be out seeking a job. She can't seek a job until her husband has passed away as she has to physically take care of him 24 hours/day. Were we misinformed. We absolutely did not fire her, there were no problems with her
job performance and she was a long time employee. Our business is 32 years old. We WANT her to receive benefits if possible. Is there anything we can do to help her or were we misinformed about her eligibility for unemployment benefits? We realize there will
likely be a limit on how long she can collect anything, but ANYTHING would help!!! Thank you for your accurate answer. We are trying to help her as much as possible. We were also advised to terminate her vs laying her off so she would qualify for benefits.