For many public school employees, the summer months are either used for time off from work or a reason to pick up another part-time job. As many employees – including teachers and bus drivers – look for income after the school year, the push for unemployment insurance is picking up steam.

According to NBC Los Angeles, California is one state where a number of public school employees are arguing for benefits during the summer. In fact, a bill made its way to the state legislature before fizzling out earlier in 2014. That hasn’t deterred public school employees, however, with many stating that their contributions to the unemployment insurance system mean they deserve assistance when the school year ends.

Debate continues over benefits
At the moment, part-time school employees are exempt from unemployment insurance when laid off during the summer in California, the media outlet reported. Some people are also having a hard time finding work to supplement their yearly income since employers know that they’ll only be on board for a few months.

“Once they know you are from a school, a district, they know you’re only there for the summer,” Johnny Glasker, a school bus driver, told NBC, Los Angeles. “So why hire you, when they can hire someone else who is going to stay.”

Are jobless benefits for school employees too expensive?

Those opposed to expanding unemployment insurance argue that the costs would be too great. Previous legislation in California calculated a potential figure at roughly $75 million, the news source noted.

In July, California’s unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, according to the state’s Employment Development Department. Since the economic recovery began several years ago, California has gained more than 1.3 million new jobs.

Chris Graeber, a union representative for the California Professional Employees Union, told NBC Los Angeles that their district has 400 people laid off from schools during the summer months.

“Unemployment insurance, it’s on the bottom of your paycheck, you pay every month into that, so when you get laid off, you get it,” he told the media outlet.

While the recent legislation addressing this issue has failed, it isn’t the end for proponents of expanded unemployment insurance benefits in California. For the foreseeable future, it appears that the debate will continue.

At Corporate Cost Control, we work closely with employers across the country to better manage the nuances of unemployment insurance. Legislation changes on the state level could impact you today, and we welcome any questions or concerns you may have on a wide range of topics.


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