Updated: 3:43 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2011 | Posted: 3:31 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2011
NC Bill Proposes Forcing Unemployed To Perform Community Service
RALEIGH, N.C. —
Republicans in the North Carolina Senate proposed a bill that would force people taking unemployment benefits to volunteer in some of their free time.
Senate Bill 737 states people getting unemployment benefits must volunteer 5 hours per week starting with their ninth week of benefits. The hours would double to 10 per week after the first year of benefits.
People would be allowed to volunteer at non-profit organizations, government entities, schools, churches or libraries.
Employment Security Commission officials say volunteering could help unemployed people network, which could help them find a job.