Job Layoff Assistance


We know many NEA member households are struggling in today’s difficult economic times. As your advocate, NEA Member Benefits works with our program suppliers and business partners to ensure that you receive the support and consideration you need and deserve.

Many teaching jobs and other school employee positions hang in the balance now as budgets may fall short due to the impact of COVID-19. At a critical juncture when children and schools need resources to sustain safe, effective learning while dealing with the highly infectious novel coronavirus, the funding required to make that a reality is not secure. Unfortunately, many U.S. public-school educators may find themselves in the unfortunate position of being laid off.

If you’ve received a layoff notice, are non-renewed, or are experiencing a reduction in hours or salary:

Take a breath: Coping with any unexpected disruption in your employment or income is financially challenging, and often carries a heavy emotional burden as well. You’re probably feeling very uncertain about how to provide for yourself and your family. And as a public-school education professional, a job loss can feel like losing a sense of your identity. Give yourself the time and compassion you need to cope with all aspects of a job loss.

Assess your situation: Getting dismissed from your job is a very stressful life event, but these 12 expert tips can help you take control and take the right steps to get through it. You also can use our comprehensive job layoff checklist to walk you through 16 smart actions you should take to find assistance, maintain your financial support net and prepare for job-hunting.

Be proactive about your finances: NEA Member Benefits has worked with many of our program suppliers to arrange special accommodations for program participants who are facing financial difficulties due to layoffs or non-renewals. See the list here. Start by contacting all of the companies with which you have financial obligations to see if they can offer you payment flexibility so you can better manage your day-to-day expenses while still meeting your long-term obligations.

Research assistance options: If you anticipate experiencing an extended financial hardship, find out what kinds of financial support you may be able to access through a variety of resources. Also, consider ways you can proactively tighten your expenses to lessen the impact of a reduction in income.

Start job-hunting: Dust yourself off and prepare yourself to be a highly marketable and sought-after job candidate. Get started with these expert tips to stand out and land a new job in education or a related field.

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