• Reminders

  • HCAFA Executive Committee monthly meetings continue to be held online via Zoom.  All HCAFA members are invited to join the sessions. Meeting times are 10 to 11 AM. Meeting dates – subject to change – are as follows:

    • April 1
    • May 5
  • For information, contact HCAFA President Robert Allare at hcafapresident@gmail.com Unfortunately, our local Illinois Education Association office in Palatine is closed due to the pandemic, but messages (847.359.0300) are forwarded to us. For an emergency situation, you may contact the HCAFA President via email (hcafapresident@gmail.com) or IEA's central office in Springfield at https://ieanea.org/ieaconnect/ for telephone and live chat during their limited weekday hours as well as the email option. 

Webinars on filing for unemployment in the summer

(From the IEA e-mail newsletter dated April 28th)

The spring semester is nearly over and for many contingent faculty that means three or four months without paychecks. In other professions, this is called a layoff and those placed in that situation by their employer are entitled to unemployment compensation. Unfortunately, federal and state law discriminate against employees of educational institutions (particularly “instructional” employees), denying unemployment benefits because this is a “customary break.”

If you’ve ever (or never) thought about filing for unemployment, attend one of the webinars sponsored by the Higher Ed Council. You’ll find out about the opportunities and pitfalls for college faculty filing for unemployment, as well as practical advice on how to actually file and maximize your chances of getting approved for benefits. At this point, there are three webinars scheduled. Register today!

  • Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m.
  • Monday, May 16 at 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m.

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