Q. I am a re-employed annuitant at a defense agency. I have been receiving both my full annuity and salary. I have been in this position for the past eight years. I was recently told that I would be released due to an applicant from the Priority Placement List. Can I collect unemployment? I am employed in Philadelphia and reside in New Jersey. A. Highly unlikely. As a rule, no one receiving an annuity can collect unemployment compensation. However, the final decision rests with the employment office of your state. Check there.
Q. I am a rehired annuitant and my four-term of employment is ending. Will I be eligible for unemployment? A. Highly unlikely; however, that decision rests with your state employment office.
Q. I have career status with the federal government but have not worked with the government for quite a while. After a break of more than 25 years, do I still retain career status? I am unemployed and would like to go back to federal service. My last position was with the Veterans Administration Headquarters in Washington. Before that, I was with VA Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the Engineering Department. I started my career working in Washington for the U.S. Army AMC. A. Yes, you’d retain your career status.
Q. I am 67 and have six years of FERS service. My term appointment will expire in two weeks. I want to collect unemployment for the rest of this year following my separation. Do I have to take a FERS retirement right away, or can I wait until unemployment runs out? I am willing to lose my health and life insurance coverage when I separate from this appointment. A. Possibly; however, you’ll have to check with your state employment office to get a definitive answer.
Q. Because I have serious health issues and am getting my paperwork together for FERS disability, my command disapproved my Family and Medical Leave Act request for this year because I have missed so much work. I had no choice but to request the MRA+10 retirement and retire within 30 days, as my letter of reprimand stated I must be at work “full time” and I am facing several surgeries, and this would be impossible. I retired June 1, with 25 years of service. I know I have up to one year to file my disability paperwork, but due to…
Q: I am a federal employee under CSRS. I will be affected by a reduction in force by the postal service and will be offered a buyout if I leave by the end of May. Can I apply for unemployment compensation until I find another job outside the postal service? A: If you aren’t eligible to retire when you leave, you may be entitled to unemployment compensation. If you are eligible to retire and do so, then it’s unlikely that you would be eligible. Since each state sets the criteria for unemployment compensation, once you have been separated, you’ll need…
Q: If I am eligible for a discontinued service annuity and I am separated due to a reduction in force, would I be eligible to receive unemployment benefits in addition to the DSA? A: Probably not, but you’ll have to check with your state employment security agency to be sure.