The state Employment Security Commission said today it is waiving all overpayments to long-time unemployed workers and halting the deduction of benefit checks that began this week.
The agency also said it would not cash any checks sent by workers attempting to pay back the bills they received in the mail over the last week.
Gov. Bev Perdue instructed the ESC to take the actions after consulting with her legal team and fedeal officials.
The ESC is continuing to negotiation with the U.S. Department of Labor about how to resolve the estimated $28 million in overpayments.
The ESC still needs to review each claim individually and is asking those who received claims to call or email the agency. To contact the ESC call 1-888-7370259 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.