Unemployment

Updated Dec. 2017

Unemployment for Part-timers

During Summer and Winter breaks, part-timers without sufficient earnings from other employment are entitled to receive unemployment insurance benefits. If you are “underemployed,” you may still be eligible for some benefits. We are not eligible for unemployment benefits over Spring break.

Apply as soon as possible on or after your last day of work. Your application is retroactive only to the Sunday of the week in which you apply. The sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll get a check.

NEW: You may be asked to list your gross earnings for previous quarters. To find that information:

  • Log in to Web4
  • Go to Employee Services/Pay Information/Earnings History
  • Set the dates you want to see and click “Display”

You must report your gross earnings for your last week worked before the break. If you claim benefits for the first (flex) week of the semester following the break, you must report your gross earnings for that week. You may also have to report your gross earnings for the second week of the semester following the break. For instructions on how to calculate gross earnings for those weeks, see below.

  • If you are unfamiliar with the process of applying for unemployment, see this guide (pdf).
  • To apply for benefits online, visit eapply4ui.edd.ca.gov
  • Here is a chart (pdf) of possible questions you will be asked and their answers.
  • For information provided by EDD about unemployment benefits (or SDI), go to edd.ca.gov
  • To learn about EDD debit cards, go to edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/The_EDD_Debit_Card.htm
  • For a sample unemployment appeal letter, click here (MS Word Doc).
  • For tips on how to handle EDD phone interviews, click here. If you have questions or need help with an appeal, call the union at 415-585-2121.

How to Report Earnings for PBL Assignments

For full-semester assignments, you are deemed to work the same workdays as full-timers, including flex days. Your semester runs August 17 – December 22, 2017, no matter which of those days you actually worked.

  • You are eligible for unemployment benefits for semester break even if you don’t get your last paycheck until after the semester ends.

Short-term assignments are now PBL, even if they were paid hourly in the past. The Web4 paystubs list hours and hourly rates that are completely erroneous – you are NOT paid hourly, unless you were subbing.

  • Some short-term assignments are paid over the entire semester, and some are not. Check FLAC: Log in to Web4. Choose Employee Services, then Faculty Load and Compensation, then Compensation and Acknowledgement. Choose credit or non-credit and click “Go.” Now click on the name of the assignment.
  • If it says “Full Term,” the assignment was reported to EDD as full-term. Use the instructions below, even if your actual work-dates were different.
  • If it says “Not Full Term,” check with your department chair or with the payroll department for your assignment dates. Your last day of work for the purpose of applying for unemployment was the last day of your assignment. Do not assume it’s the same as the last day you actually worked. Unless you also have a full-term assignment, you are eligible for unemployment as soon as your assignment is over.

Subbing is still paid hourly. See “How to Report Earnings for Subbing,” below.

Retros are assumed, for the purpose of EDD, to be earned when they were paid. Report them along with the rest of your pay. If you were being paid retros, especially if you were awarded new step placement, the paystubs can be confusing. Get your pay information from Web4 instead.

Earnings for the Last Week of Fall 2017, Dec. 18-22:

Your earnings for the last week should not include retros.

NOTE: You will also separately be asked to report your earnings for previous months. For that purpose, you should report all your earnings, including retros and corrections. Log into Web4, then choose Employee Services/Pay Information/Earning History, then enter the time period you need.

But for this question, focus only on the last week of the semester. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: If you’re one of those rare faculty who was not being paid retros and whose assignment was consistent all semester, you can get this information from your paystubs. Just add up your semester total.
    • For the rest of us: Log in to Web4/Employee Services/Faculty Load and Compensation/Compensation and Acknowledgement. Add up the totals for all your assignments. (Non-instructional assignments are usually listed under credit.)
  • Step 2: There are 88 faculty workdays in Fall 2017, so divide semester PBL pay by 88 = daily PBL pay for the entire semester.
  • Step 3: Multiply daily PBL pay times 5 = gross PBL earnings for this week to be reported to EDD.

Earnings for the First (Flex) Week of Spring 2018, Jan. 8-12:

  • Step 1: Start with your Fall 2017 gross pay for PBL assignments (step 1 above).
    • If your load, step, or column will change in Spring 2018, you will have to make an adjustment:
      • FLAC information will probably be posted in Web4 by the time you have to file this information, so you can repeat step 1, above, for Spring 2018.
      • If FLAC information is not available in Web4, you can figure out your new earnings here: http://www.aft2121.org/check-your-check/
  • Step 2: In Spring 2018 there will be 87 work days. Divide semester PBL pay by 87 = daily PBL pay for Spring 2018.
  • Step 3: There are two work-days this week (flex days January 11 and 12), so multiply daily PBL pay times two = gross PBL earnings for this week to be reported to EDD.

Earnings for the Second Week of Spring 2018, Jan. 16-19:

  • Gross earnings for this week only need be reported if this week is included on your Continued Claim Form, or if you are “underemployed” and entitled to partial benefits.
  • There are 4 faculty workdays this week (4 instructional days Jan. 16-19).
  • Multiply your daily PBL pay for Spring 2018 (calculated above) times 4 = gross PBL earnings for this week to be reported to EDD.

How to Report Earnings for Subbing

  • Day-to-day subbing is still paid hourly.
  • Your last day of work in Fall 2017 for a subbing assignment is the last day you actually worked.
  • Unless you also have a PBL assignment, you will then be eligible for unemployment benefits for the semester break even though the semester may not be over and you may not have received your last paycheck.

Earnings for the Last Week of Work in Fall 2017:

  • Multiply the number of hours worked times your hourly pay rate. The result is your gross earnings for this week for subbing assignments.
    You can find the hourly rate on your Web4 paystub, or here:
    http://www.aft2121.org/wp-content/uploads/Hourly-Subbing.pdf
                Hourly rates listed on Web4 paystubs are ONLY accurate for day-to-day subbing.

Earnings for the First (Flex) Week of Spring 2018, Jan. 8-12:

  • There are generally no subs on flex days. There should be no hourly assignments on flex days.

Earnings for the Second Week of Spring 2018, Jan. 16-19:

  • For subbing assignments, this will probably be your first week of work.
  • Multiply the number of hours worked times your hourly pay rate. The result is your gross earnings for this week for subbing assignments.
  • You can find the rates here: http://www.aft2121.org/wp-content/uploads/Hourly-Subbing.pdf

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