Unemployment Insurance for Preschool Teachers?

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  1. teachpk

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    Hi there. Forgive me if this is a repeat post.
    I work for a local college in their lab nursery school. I got the job not too long ago so I have not worked the entire year.

    They operate for 10 months. I do not get paid over the summer. Do you think I can qualify for Unemployment Benefits over the summer? (at least next summer) I was afraid to ask my new employer since that might sound greedy.

    What do you think? Does anyone else out there work for a private nursery school that operates 10 months and collects UI benefits over the summer? Thanks!
     
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  3. scmom

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    It depends. Some of the teachers are approved and some aren't. It seems to depend on the person who approves your paperwork and how hard you are willing to fight for it. Good luck.
     
  4. teachpk

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    When you say "person who approves paperwork", do you mean Dept of Labor agent?
     
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    Yes - whatever your state calls it. If you have a guaranteed job in the fall, some won't approve it. There doesn't seem to be consistency around here.
     
  6. msaly

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    I can't imagine that it would be approved since you are still technically employed. I've never known anyone that has tried though. This year we have a summer program a few days a week, in past summers we have all worked other retail type jobs.
     
  7. wyvern

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    Seems like it varies State to State? I am employed for 9 months of the year and receive unemployment during the summer. As long as I am actively seeking work and documenting that, I can receive it.
     
  8. TrainerJoni

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    I think it varies from state to state. In some, you are eligible but in others, you may not be. it can be confusing and the easiest and best thing to do is contact your state.
     
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    Don't be afraid to ask HR. If they pay into unemployment insurance, you would qualify. There are all sorts of if, ands, and buts for unemployment.
     
  10. wyvern

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    I am very lucky here in the North West to receive unemployment benefits in the summer. I see that some states do not do this, if the person has a job to return to at the end of the summer. Sad!
     
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    I think you have to consider whether we are talking preschool, credentialed as a regular school teacher, or preschool, bordering on simple day care. In NJ, there had been a past of allowing school bus drivers to receive unemployment, and it hinged on the credential question. The state is, however, starting to tighten the restrictions, since some of them are contracted very much like the vast majority of teachers. My gut instinct is that NY will be very similar to NJ, so no. However, simply call the department of labor who handles these things, and they will explain it all to you, employer none the wiser, so no stigma.
     
  12. wyvern

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    In our state, credentialed School teachers (not preschool teachers) are on a pro rated 12 month salary.
     
  13. bonneb

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    If you do not have a contract for the fall, you are unemployed and should file for unemployment. Check with your local job service for guidance. And don't be embarrassed! (If you do have a contract in the spring that is for the coming fall, you probably won't be eligible, but it doesn't hurt to check out your options.)
     

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