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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.


  1. Why would you say a Federal LEO, separated under mandatory retirement (involuntarily) isnt eligible for unemployment compensation?

      • They certainly are if forced to retire at age 57. I am aware of quite a few who worked as a LEO and were mandated to retire at 57 that receive or received unemployment.

        • While that decision is up to each state to make, many do mot because its hard to justify paying unemployment insurance to someone who is already receiving a retirement benefit based on a full career.

  2. If you have not begun receiving your pension benefits. Why can’t you receive unemployment benefits? Unemployment denied me “because such individual left work for a reason other than good cause attributable to the employer.” That is a false claim by UI.

    • Unemployment benefits are only payable to those employees who have been let go by their employer. They aren’t payable to those who decide to leave on their own.

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