Early retirement and unemployment compensation


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.


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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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