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Unemployment & Underemployment
During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Unemployment & Underemployment

Are you losing your job (or losing hours) as a result of the current pandemic? Is someone in your household unemployed or underemployed? In many cases, you may be eligible for benefits you’re not aware of. Unemployment benefits have been significantly expanded as a result of the CARES Act and other recent laws, and we’ll cover important changes members need to know about. This webinar will also demystify the process of applying for unemployment benefits. Learn about requirements of the Employment Development Department (EDD) and the step-by-step process when applying for benefits.

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Finding Relief from Student Debt
During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Finding Relief from Student Debt

Is student debt still weighing you down in the current crisis? There may be a way to find relief! The federal CARES Act provides significant relief from your student burden, at least on a temporary basis. And if you work for a public institution or for a nonprofit, you may already qualify for public service loan forgiveness. Learn what’s changed to relieve the student debt burden during the current pandemic. We’ll also share how to qualify for loan forgiveness, how to make your payments manageable, and how we can work together to address the student debt crisis in California. 

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Understanding California’s State Budget

Understanding California’s State Budget

Everyone knows that our schools and colleges are underfunded and lack the resources students need. But how well do we understand the way schools are funded in the first place? Join our CFT Research Director to learn how education is funded through California’s budget process, and the role CFT and our members play to advocate for better funding for our schools and communities.

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Parental Leaves for Education Workers
Legal Update

Parental Leaves for Education Workers

Members frequently ask how to prepare for childbirth or adoption, and which laws and programs provide benefits. Are school employees entitled to the leave and pay provisions of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA)? How do you know if you’re eligible for disability benefits, and under which plans? What are your rights to child-bonding leave? What benefits are common in union contracts, and how do members coordinate all of these benefits with the employer?