Help Wanted: No summertime unemployment benefits for school workers

NewsdayJuly 15, 2014 

QUESTION: I have worked as a full-time classroom aide since 2001 and am contracted to work 183 days each school year. I do not get paid over the summer. On July 1, I always receive a letter stating that my services will be needed in September. Do I get this letter to prevent me from collecting unemployment over the summer? Or am I legally able to collect unemployment?

ANSWER: You are not eligible to collect for the very reason you suspected you weren't. As long as you have the promise of work when school resumes, you aren't eligible for unemployment benefits in your off-season.


Carrie Mason-Draffen is a columnist for Newsday and the author of "151 Quick Ideas to Deal With Difficult People." Readers may send her email at


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