Dear AFT Guild Adjunct Faculty Members,
As the fall semester (and thankfully 2020) comes to an end, you should be aware that you are eligible to apply for unemployment benefits, even if you have already been given an assignment for the spring.
With all of the new twists and turns associated with unemployment benefits due to the pandemic, the federal CARES Act, additional state funding, and new fraud protection, the simple act of applying for unemployment insurance has become more complicated than ever.
To help you navigate your way through this new process, we have put together a comprehensive guide to the filing process which can be found here, including information on where/how to apply, tips to assist you in filling out the claim, and common eligibility concerns. We strongly urge you to read through this entire guide prior to applying.
In addition, please visit the Guild’s website for additional important information regarding applying for unemployment benefits and/or participating in our community assistance programs (the latter two programs are available year-round):
Quick Tips & Reminders:To receive the maximum benefit, applications should be submitted immediately following the completion of your last class session or assignment for this semester.
If you’ve already filed a claim for unemployment benefits within the last 52 weeks and have not exhausted the benefits your entitled to don’t file a new claim; you must reopen your claim to continue receiving benefits. If you need to, you can re-submit for a new claim online and assistance is available in the comprehensive guide provided above.
You should receive some kind of response and/or documents within 2 weeks of submitting your claim. If you have not received anything, contact EDD as soon as possible to ensure your claim was submitted properly or that you have not missed an important request.
If you are submitting a new claim note that the EDD continues to change their online application form. Consequently, we have updated our comprehensive guide as best we can, but it may not be a perfect match to your individual situation. However, you should find the answers you need somewhere within this document. Please let me know if there are any errors or omissions we need to correct on this document.
If you are ever denied your claim for benefits, please contact us right away so we can assist with your appeal. AFT Guild members will be assisted free of charge, including being represented by our attorney in an appeal hearing if determined appropriate by the Guild.
Wishing you all a stress-free end of the semester and a well-deserved winter break!