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If my prior employer does not pay into Unemployment benefits

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If my prior employer does not pay into Unemployment benefits because they are a religious non-profit organization, can I go back beyond that employer to file claim for unemployment benefits?
JA: Is your employer claiming the termination was for misconduct?
Customer: no due to loss of business income and downsizing.
JA: Where are you located? Unemployment law varies by state.
Customer: North Carolina
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: the current religious non profit employer is part of a church daycare and may be shut down by state mandate due to CV

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That depends on how far back the other employer is. North Carolina uses a "base period" to determine whether or not you are eligible for unemployment.


They look at the 52 weeks prior to when you are asking for benefits. If the other employer is not in that base period, they'll use an alternate base period looking at the last 4 quarters before the benefit year that you are requesting (if you're asking for benefits in 2020, they'd look at 2019).


If there is no qualifying employer in that time frame, you'd not be eligible.


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Customer: replied 17 days ago.
Yes that’s great info. Thank you

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