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Change to Unemployment System
In November 2015, Department of Employment Security (DES) provided information in employers' 2016 Tax Rate Notices that North Carolina would begin charging benefits to employer accounts quarterly rather than annually beginning with claims filed on or after January 3, 2016. This change is a result of legislative action in 2015. On Friday April 29, DES will be mailing the first quarter of charges to employers.

Prior to this legislation, DES charged benefits annually and only after the claimant's benefit year expired. Depending on when the claim was filed, benefits could be charged to the employer up to 18 months following the date the claimant began receiving benefits. The delay in applying benefit charges prevented DES from accurately gauging employers' experience rating. Moving to quarterly charging provides employers the opportunity to review their benefit charges sooner and assess potential future tax liabilities. It also helps DES identify potential fraudulent claims and others trying to defraud the unemployment system.

We encourage you to sign up online to receive up to date information concerning changes in employment security law, employer taxes, and other general information about what's going on at the Division of Employment Security. To enroll in this service go to and click on 'Employer Alerts and Bulletins' link to sign up.


Sprinkler Recall
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has listed a recall for about 300,000 Globe Model J Series dry fire sprinklers. The heads, manufactured by Globe Fire Sprinkler Corp., can deteriorate and fail to work during a fire. Further details are available at;,, or 800-248-0278. In addition there are several other recalls in effect. To obtain further information go to the CPSC Link and search "fire sprinklers". posted 6/28/07


O-Ring Sprinkler Recall
(pdf, 767kb) posted 6/18/07


2007 Edition of NFPA 1600 Available
(pdf, 1.21mb) posted 6/18/07


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