Catapult has been actively engaging with legislators and community partners regarding the hiring crisis and what issues need to be addressed to get employees back to work. The good news is that each chamber passed bills last week to encourage work search and retention. H128 An Act to Reemploy NC’s Workforce and S116 Putting North Carolina Back to Work address the solutions differently. For a bill to become law it will take both chambers siting down to work out a compromise for the Governor to sign or veto.
What you can do: contact your legislators to say thank you for passage of these bill and encourage them to present a compromise to the Governor as quickly as possible to deal with this crisis. We have included your local Senate and House General Assembly members with their contact information. If there are additional questions, please contact Nicole Hendren, Chief Growth Officer, Catapult at Nicole.Hendren@letscatapult.org.
H128 An Act to Reemploy NC’s Workforce: NC House’s Proposed Solutions
- Would allow the option for unemployed claimants to receive a signing $1,500 and retention $800 bonus for reemployment if federal approval is given to use FPUC funds
- Would allow unemployed claimants to continuing receiving federal unemployment benefits until the federal program ends
- Would require additional work search requirements met to receive benefits
- Would require additional auditing of weekly job search certifications
S116 Putting North Carolina Back to Work – NC Senate’s Proposed Solutions
- Withdraw from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program (FPUC) agreement that provides an additional $300 per week to unemployment insurance claimants through September 6, 2021
- Allow individual and corporate taxpayers, for the 2020 and 2021 tax years only, an income tax deduction for expenses paid using a loan forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- Exclude $10,200 of unemployment insurance benefits received in 2020 from State taxable income for taxpayers with an adjusted gross income below $150,000
- Appropriates $250,000,000 for childcare subsidy to reduce waiting list