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Unemployment insurance (UI) provides temporary income payment to replace a portion of the wages lost by those who are unemployed through no fault of their own and are available for work. UI applies to temporary and regular workers.

Types of employees not covered include

An individual must be unemployed and meet the following requirements to be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

An individual is disqualified for unemployment insurance benefits if he/she

Individuals on leave without pay generally are not eligible for benefits. Services in instructional, research, or principal administrative capacities do not receive benefits for the period between two successive academic years or during a paid sabbatical provided for in the individual's contract. Also, if the individual has a contract or contracts to perform services between successive academic years or terms. UI benefits are not paid.

After a waiting period, an eligible claimant receives weekly benefits. The benefits vary according to wages earned during a base period and are available for a prescribed number of weeks (up to 26, normally).