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Public school districts (kindergarten through 12th grade) and community colleges may elect to participate in the School Employees Fund (SEF), which is a special reimbursable financing method available for school districts.

SEF is a joint, pooled-risk fund administered by the Employment Development Department (EDD), which collects contributions based upon a percentage of total wages paid by public schools and community college districts. Money deposited in the SEF is used to reimburse the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fund for the cost of UI benefits paid to former employees of those school employers who have elected this option in lieu of paying the tax-rated method, as is required of private sector employers.

All 72 community college districts and 1,334 county offices of education, public school districts, and charter schools participate in the SEF. They have 964,132 employees and pay wages in excess of $49.6 billion annually.

Assembly Bill 644, passed by the Legislature on July 19, 1978, expanded coverage under the Classified School Employees Fund to all school employees and changed the name to the School Employees Fund. Since 1972, this method of financing has been used by 99 percent of the school employers.

All school employers participating in the SEF have the same UI contribution rate. The rate is based on costs incurred by all SEF participants and the SEF balance on December 31 of the applicable year. For State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20, the rate is set at 0.05 percent. The rate for SFY 2018-19 was set at 0.05 percent.

A Local Experience Charge (LEC) with an individual employer rate of 0, 5, 10, or 15 percent is applied to total benefits paid in a quarter. New SEF participants are subject to a 10 percent LEC for the first three complete fiscal years.

The School Employer Advisory Committee (SEAC) and UI Technical Subcommittee (UITS) are planning to have regional workshops at various County Offices of Education throughout California.

The regional workshops will include presentations such as the following:

  • UI Claims Management
  • Separations (Quits and Discharges)
  • Reasonable Assurance
  • Q&A with UI Specialists (Claims and Forms)

The October 2019 seminar is scheduled for the following date and location:

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Santa Clara County Office of Education
San Jose Room
1290 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95131
Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m.
Seminar is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, view the seminar flyer or contact the Kern County Superintendent of Schools at 1-661-636-4416.

For more information, contact the School Employees Fund (SEF) at 1-916-653-5380.

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