What You Need to Know About Filing For Unemployment

Recent recommendations from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), the American Dental Association (ADA), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the US Federal Government of postponing all non-emergency dental care for at least two-three weeks, leaves many of us facing financial hardship. Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order on March 17, 2020 to help anyone experiencing job losses or layoffs due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The changes include:

  • Removes the one-week waiting period to apply for unemployment benefits for workers who lost their jobs
  • Removes the requirement that a person must look for another job during this time when so many potential employers are closed and social distancing guidelines are in effect
  • Allows employees who lose their jobs, or in certain cases have their hours reduced due to COVID-19 issues, to apply for unemployment benefits
  • Permits applicants to apply for benefits remotely by phone or online
  • Directs that employers will not be held responsible for benefits paid as a direct result of these COVID-19 claims

You can apply for unemployment 24 hours a day, seven days a week by visiting

Apply for unemployment

If you have any questions about this process or need any help, contact the Customer Call Center at 888-737-0259, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, you may experience unusually long wait times due to the volume of calls.

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