The U.S. Department of Labor has issued guidance clarifying when states should deem colleges’ contingent faculty members eligible for unemployment compensation. It spells out what criteria the state agencies should use in determining whether such instructors have lost their jobs or are simply without work during the summer months.

It is hoped that the new guidance will make it easier for deserving contingent faculty members to collect unemployment compensation and save both instructors and their employers legal costs associated with disputes over claims.

To read more details on the department’s new guidance click here: http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/new-federal-guidance-is-hailed-as-helping-adjuncts-collect-unemployment/116401