The Employers Coalition of North Carolina (ECNC) was created to give the business community a more focused avenue of public policy input concerning day to day employer-employee workplace issues. ECNC is a partnership of three North Carolina employers’ associations: CAI (Capital Associated Industries), TEA (The Employers Association) and WCI (Western Carolina Industries) and their 2500 members.
The General Assembly passed a bill (H1069) in the 2013 session that would shorten and stagger the DES (Division of Employment Security) Board of Review members’ terms. The bill also revised how appointments to the board would be made with the Governor appointing one, the House appointing one and the Senate appointing one. As it currently stands the Governor has authority to appoint all three members subject to confirmation by the General Assembly. McCrory vetoed the bill in June, and has also sued the General Assembly for attempting to usurp his authority to control membership of executive branch boards and commissions.
The Senate Finance Committee recently approved legislation (S15) following a January recommendation from an oversight committee and sent it to the full Senate for consideration. It also shortens and staggers the three members’ terms and sets deadlines for the governor to nominate members or else lose that authority to the legislature. Although the legislature would have final say in the appointments, this bill allows the Governor to appoint all three.
McCrory sent a letter to the oversight committee in December, 2014 strongly objecting to changing the Board of Review terms. He also has a problem with the bill’s provision which would transfer part of the legal staff from the DES to the Board of Review.
Other major provisions of S15 are as follows:
- The right of the DES to garnish an employer’s credit card receipts to recoup unpaid unemployment taxes.
- Require claimants to provide a photo ID in order to receive unemployment benefits.
- Increase required claimant weekly contacts with potential employers from 2 to 5 to remain eligible to receive unemployment benefits.
- Change the duration of benefits from a "Minimum and Maximum" to a set number of weeks based upon the "Maximum" number established by H1069 in 2013.
To read S15 in its entirety, go to http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/Senate/PDF/S15v2.pdf.