Unemployment insurance

Unemployment insurance provides a weekly income to employees who are out of work through no fault of their own. If you become unemployed, contact the nearest Employment Development Department for eligibility and claim filing information.

The CSU Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program is a self-insured program and has contracted with a third party administrator to reply to all UI claims on behalf of the CSU. However, the Employment Development Department determines eligibility for unemployment benefits.

General eligibility information

Lecturers must be totally or partially unemployed and must not have “reasonable assurance” of returning to work with an educational institution following the period without employment.

Employees who retire and enter the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) maintain their tenure status during their participation in FERP. Therefore, these employees are not contingent employees, and would not be eligible for UI benefits.

Student employees who work only during terms in which they are enrolled in classes are not eligible for UI benefits. However, student employees who work for the CSU during the break between academic terms, and who are not enrolled in classes during the break, may be eligible for UI benefits if their CSU employment is ended.

For more information, review the technical letter in Related documents & forms.