Browsing: unemployment benefits

Separation before NTE date and unemployment compensation

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Q. If a federal re-employed annuitant is let go prior to his “Not to Exceed” date not for cause (i.e. to save money), is he entitled to unemployment compensation? A. Highly unlikely because you are already receiving an annuity. However, you would have to check with your state employment office to be sure.

Retirement processing, retroactive pay and unemployment benefits

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Q. I was a re-employed annuitant who officially retired Jan. 3 from another federal agency. The human resources specialist at the last federal agency informed me that I would receive my full retirement benefits beginning Feb. 1, since my SF 2801 and additional paperwork was submitted to the Office of Personnel Management prior to their Jan. 18 deadline. I have approximately 37 years of combined federal service: 27 years with the first federal employer and 10 years with the second and final federal employer. Thanks to OPM’s severe backlog, I have received nothing except the annuity from my first annuity,…

Voluntary vs. mandatory retirement

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Q. I am eligible for retirement March 21 as a law enforcement officer under FERS. I will have 20 years of law enforcement experience and am age 56. Because I turn 57 in October (seven months later), I will be forced to retire Oct. 31. Aside from the extra approximately $8.56 per month I will get in my annuity for each month I stay after March and the benefit of having a full salaried job for seven more months, is there any advantage to me retiring under mandatory retirement age versus voluntary? The combination of my projected annuity and special…

Special retirement supplement

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Q. I retired on a FERS pension in August 2008. I also began receiving the FERS special retirement supplement as of the payment made Jan. 4, 2010. I obtained a job in the private sector on April 12, 2011, but was laid off on Feb. 28, 2012. I will have received unemployment insurance benefits from mid-March through this month. My special retirement supplement was offset by earnings over the annual exempt amount in 2011. (The “overpayment” is being deducted from my current FERS supplement payment.) My earnings in 2012 are well under the annual exempt amount. Is the special retirement supplement offset by unemployment…

Early retirement and unemployment compensation

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Q. I am 62 years old working for Postal Service with 21 years in and have received an offer of early retirement with compensation/incentive ($15,000). The deadline to submit the early retirement is Dec. 3 and retirement date is Jan. 31, 2013. If I take the offer and retire, will I still be able to claim for unemployment compensation? If I am, can I claim an unemployment benefit? Up to how many weeks? A. While the matter is one for the employment bureau of your state to decide, as a rule, no one who retires is eligible for unemployment compensation.

Special retirement supplement

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Q. I am a civilian with the Department of Defense and have almost 28 years under FERS. I will be 59 years old in June. If offered a voluntary early retirement at the end of 2012, will I be eligible for the special retirement supplement earlier than my 60th birthday (six months prior to June 2013)?  If I will be eligible for SRS before my 60th birthday, will I remain fully eligible until I am 62? Additionally, if a person goes out on a voluntary early retirement, are they eligible for unemployment insurance compensation, or is that a state issue?…

Unemployment and federal pension

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Q. If one is federally retired but actively seeking employment, does this disqualify him based on the of his pension from unemployment benefits.  I live in Texas. A. Since you haven’t been laid off, the odds of your being eligible are next to zero. However, that decision will have to be made by your state’s employment office.

FERS disability retirement

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Q. I was placed on a FERS disability retirement by the FAA after suffering a stroke in 2005. The FAA revoked my class II medical, otherwise I would be able to return to my previous position. All my work for the FAA was conducted in either Kansas or Utah. In 2008, I obtained a job with a private company in N.J. In 2011, I was terminated and I requested unemployment benefits. The New Jersey unemployment office is stating I am not entitled to unemployment benefits due to my FERS retirement. Is this true? A. Because this isn’t a question about…

Buyouts and collecting unemployment

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Q. If I do a full retirement under the Civil Service Retirement System and accepted a buyout offer as an inducement for electing voluntary early retirement, will I be able to collect unemployment compensation insurance if I look for employment outside of federal service? A. No.

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