By Reg Jones
November 2nd, 2011 | Disability retirement
Q: I am a 37-year-old female with 11 years of federal service in law enforcement. Because I am unable to medically participate in defensive tactics/firearms training, I am being separated from service (unfit for duty). I have applied for disability and immediate retirement, but I am allowed to continue working pending OPM’s decision on whether to grant benefits. I have been denied Social Security disability because I remain employed at a relatively high salary. Hypothetically, please assume OPM’s decision is favorable and I am officially separated from service and have already reapplied for Social Security disability … can I apply for or receive unemployment benefits pending Social Security’s decision even though I will receive a disability annuity? Moreover, will receiving a sizable lump-sum payment for unused annual leave adversely affect my claim for unemployment benefits?
A: As a disability retiree, you wouldn’t be eligible for unemployment compensation, so your second question is moot.
September 17th, 2012 at 11:22 pm
You need to get an SSI attorney asap!! they don’t have to be paid until you get money from SSI—there is no other way because SS will delay it forever and ever..without an attorney you won’t have to put any money upfront–they just take a certain amount when you get the backpay etc…my backpay will be going back to 12-25-2010 so far but the more they wait..the more money they have to pay me..take care
December 31st, 2012 at 5:55 pm
Depending on the State some are able to collect Unemployment and or Underemployment. Of course you must be willing to accept any work offered, and would be subject to paying benefits back.