A Guide to Your Rights &
Responsibilities When Claiming Unemployment Benefits in
Educational Employment/Professional Athletes
Under certain conditions
and during certain time periods (See "Educational Employees"), former employees of educational institutions may find their Weekly
Benefit Rate reduced or eliminated because wages earned from such employers
are removed from the Base Period as a result of disqualification. When such a
disqualification is in effect, only Base Period wage credits from
non‑educational employers and/or educational employers not involved in the
disqualification can be utilized to establish monetary eligibility. The first
Monetary Determination received by educational employees will always reflect
all Base Period wage credits before disqualification.
When wage credits from
those educational employers involved in disqualification are removed from Base
Period use, one of three things can occur:
There is no change to the Weekly
Benefit Rate because there are sufficient wage credits from other
employers remaining in the Base Period and the average of the two
highest quarters of wages remains unchanged.
The Weekly Benefit Rate is reduced
because, while there are still sufficient wage credits from other
employers to establish monetary entitlement, the highest quarters of
wages has changed as a result of the removal.
The Weekly Benefit Rate is eliminated
because there are not enough wage credits remaining from other
(non‑disqualifying) employers upon which to establish monetary
Whenever wage credits are
removed because of such disqualification, a second Monetary Determination will
be issued to you showing which wage credits remain and what, if any, Weekly
Benefit Rate is in effect.
This type of
disqualification is only in effect during certain periods of time (between
school or academic years, between semesters, during holiday, vacation, or recess
periods); thus, it is possible that an unemployed educational employee could
receive a lower benefit rate during disqualifying periods and the full rate
during other periods. If you intend to file for benefits during one of the
periods listed above, you must advise a Tele-Benefits Line representative.
This type of
disqualification also applies to professional athletes during certain periods.
During such time periods only wages earned from other than non‑professional
sports participation can be used to determine eligibility. (See "If
You Are a Professional Athlete".)
See also "If You Quit
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