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Department of Labor

UI Rules for Teachers and Other School Workers

Teachers and other school employees generally do not qualify for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits during breaks in the school year or the time between school years or terms. This applies when:

  • They have a contract for a similar job in the next school year or term
  • There is reasonable assurance of a similar job in the next school year or term, or after the break

Reasonable assurance exists when an educational institution:

  • Has said it will employ a worker AND
  • Will make a good faith effort to do so AND
  • Offers salary and benefits similar to the prior job

If you work for an educational institution and lose your job through no fault of your own, you might qualify for UI benefits. For example, if your employer discharged or fired you because you could not meet their performance or production standards, or their qualifications for the job

Other examples include:

  • Layoffs
  • Contracts expired
  • Furloughs
  • Reductions in force (RIF)

The UI law is complex. We determine eligibility for benefits on a case-by-case basis. We will review your claim to decide if you qualify.

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