Mandatory retirement and unemployment benefits

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Q. Are air traffic controllers who are forced to retire under mandatory retirement rules eligible to collect unemployment in New York state?

A. You’d have to check with your state employment office. However, as a rule, no one who is receiving a retirement annuity is eligible for unemployment benefits.

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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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