Eligible for unemployment?


Q: I am postmaster in an EAS 11 office, which is on the list for possibly being closed. There are no vacant postmaster positions within my reach, either by level or geographically. I am eligible for FERS retirement, but had planned to work a few more years until reaching minimum Social Security age. If my office is closed, I lose my postmaster position, and have no realistic options for transfer. Would I be eligible for unemployment benefits?

A: Probably. However, only your state’s unemployment security agency can make that determination.


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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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