Even if you have received a tentative offer of employment for the
next semester, you are entitled to apply for unemployment
benefits over the break immediately upon completion of your last
working day of the semester.
Adjunct instructors are considered at-will employees, because
despite the “tentative assignment offer” one may receive, this is
not legally considered a “reasonable assurance of employment.”
At the end of each semester or academic term, full-time
faculty go on break, while adjunct faculty become unemployed or
underemployed — still working and making less than $600 per week
— until the next semester or term starts.
During these periods, you may be eligible to receive unemployment
insurance benefits of up to $450 a week, for up to 26 weeks per
year in California.