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Unemployment Benefits

Your Unemployment Toolkit

Welcome to our page of helpful articles, FAQs, and tips about applying for unemployment insurance.

Things to Know About Unemployment Insurance

October 26, 2015

For higher education part-time faculty, unemployment eligibility is fundamentally based on a "reasonable assurance" of employment standard. It is not the only standard that is used, which complicates eligibility. Read on to better understand your rights and the process for applying.

You can also download the August 24, 2012 decision by the Employment Security Department's Commissioner regarding reasonable assurance and contingent employment.

Q&A on Applying for Unemployment Benefits

Q&A on Unemployment Benefits for Two-Year Part-time, Contingent Faculty
written by Annette Stofer, President at SCCFT #1789 (then VP of Contingent Faculty)

Annette Stofer is a contingent faculty member at Seattle Colleges' South Seattle Campus. Speaking from experience, she has written a question-and-answer piece that may be helpful in your application for unemployment benefits.


UI Benefits: Going to the Hearing

by Sarah Adams, Olympic College

What You Should Know About The Process

Community and Technical Colleges are reimbursable employers. That means, the state of Washington pays them up front for the unemployment benefits the schools expect to pay out. Under current Washington law, whatever monies the schools don’t pay out in benefits gets rolled into a general account for the school’s discretionary use. Briefly, whatever they don’t use, they get to keep. This system gives schools incentive to regularly fight unemployment claims, legitimate or otherwise. Schools hire out-of-state third parties to represent them and it costs them little to do so. (more)