In New Mexico they just have to show their hours have been drastically cut in order to receive unemployment. When they apply, someone from the state contacts me and I confirm the cut in their hours is due to the pandemic.

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Even substitute teachers got the unemployment since schools were closed.

 

 

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Our HR department made it sound like that was everywhere, and it was the case in all of the states Iíve lived and worked as an adjunct, but youíre right. It could absolutely depend on the state. 

 

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I donít think thatís the case everywhere. Check in your state. Here in New York, adjuncts get unemployment if they donít have a verifiable offer of employment. Folks I know are getting it right now. A public school teacher I know is getting it b/c he normally teaches summer school, which was canceled. A couple of adjuncts got partial unemployment when their regular slate of courses was cut back, even.

 

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Even if you laid them off, the wouldnít be eligible for unemployment. In higher education, if you donít work the summer you cannot collect unemployment if you have a job again in the fall because it is considered a ďbreak.Ē (This is true for adjuncts as well...which puts many of them in a bad spot.) 

 

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Hi all,

 

Iíve been having meetings with my tutoring staff every two weeks via Zoom during the summer, and a few weeks ago, a bunch of them basically said that they think I should have figured out a way to lay half of them off so they could go on unemployment while the other half did all the work.  They were upset because they are making less money working for me this summer than they would be on unemployment because of the extra $600 in unemployment that was part of the federal coronavirus relief package (which just expired).  Honestly, this thought had never even crossed my mind.  Weíre a union shop and a public college, so itís not clear to me that I could have just decided to do this on my own even if I had thought of it, and there was absolutely no discussion along these lines on my campus as far as I am aware.  I assume (although I have not asked) that the college would rather be paying people to serve students rather than paying out unemployment claims, although I donít know how the fact that, with the extra $600, for a while some part time folks would have made more on unemployment than they would have working, would have influenced that thinking.  It just never came up.  I thought I was doing a good thing keeping my entire staff employed, and after all,  my job is to make sure students get served.  Also, keeping them working throughout the summer helps ensure I can keep them working in the fall.  One of them brought it up again at this most recent meeting, so itís clear itís still on their minds. 

 

So here is what Iím wondering:  Did any of you lay off staff on purpose so they could get the extra $600?  Were you told to do it, or did you decide to do it on your own?  Did any of you consider it but not do it either because you were told not to or for some other reason?  Did your status as a public vs. private college influence that decision?  Will you be able to easily rehire the staff you laid off?  Feel free to reply to me off-list if you donít want your answers to be public.

 

Thanks!

Michele

 

 

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