Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Texas unemployment eligibility and FERS retirement

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Q. I retired as a FERS employee in 1999 with 26 years of service.  I was 48 years old.  I returned to work full time in the private sector February 2007.  I was laid off 02/28/14 due to downsizing in the company.

Texas is the only state I have worked in.  Am I eligible for Texas unemployment benefits?  I am still able to work. Read the rest of this entry »

Unemployment and law enforcement annuity

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Q. If a person is receiving law enforcement pay after mandatory retirement (worked as a counselor for the Bureau of Prisons), will collecting unemployment affect the law enforcement pay?

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VSIP

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Q. I am a 66-year-old FERS employee with 31 years of service and may be offered Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay in the next few weeks.

1. If I resign to get VSIP instead of retire, will I be eligible for unemployment benefits?

2. What is the timeline for date of departure once a decision is made? Next pay period? 30 days? Negotiable?

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Mandatory retirement and unemployment benefits

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Q. Are air traffic controllers who are forced to retire under mandatory retirement rules eligible to collect unemployment in New York state?

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3-month ‘layoff’ and creditable service

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Q. I am in CSRS Offset. I am 56 with 29 years of Veterans Affairs Department service. Do I have to wait until November 2014, when I will have 30 years of service, before I can obtain retirement benefits? My service was involuntarily interrupted when I was “laid off” for a three-month period. It was never technically referred to as a reduction in force, but I did obtain unemployment during that period. Is there any way I can get credit for that?

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File for unemployment during furlough?

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Q. When a fed is furloughed, may we file for unemployment benefits? Does this jeopardize possible reimbursement by the government like in 1995 when they returned to work?

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Pension + unemployment

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Q. I am a Postal Service employee whose plant was recently closed. They are talking about a possible reduction in force after the first of the year if I don’t find a job. If that happens, I believe I am eligible for unemployment benefits. I am also eligible to retire, which I did not plan on doing, but if that happens, can I collect my pension and also unemployment benefits? I read the laws in New Jersey concerning that and I believe they are reduced.

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Deferred retirement and unemployment benefits

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Q. I’m considering a deferred retirement. I have five years under FERS. Can I get unemployment since my retirement pay will not be paid until I turn 62?

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Unemployment benefits until annuity kicks in?

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Q. I will be retiring from civil service at the end of this month, and ABC-Civilian informed me that I will not start getting my monthly paychecks until Aug. 1. Am I eligible for unemployment for two months?

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VERA and unemployment compensation

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Q. I was offered the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority from the Postal Service. I’ve been trying to collect unemployment for it. Should I be qualified for it?

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Leave without pay to complete college

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Q. Since the federal government is in sequestration and I am looking at five to seven days of furlough during the summer, I would like to finish my college education, which would be one year of leave without pay from federal service. Is LWOP allowed for this with the federal government, and what type of separation is this referred to as? Can I collect unemployment benefits due to this type of separation? I am a GS-5 with 4½  years of employment with the federal government.

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RIF and unemployment benefits

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Q. My command is being abolished and moved to Texas. Since I am unable to find a position in the local commuting area, I will receive a reduction-in-force notice. I am retirement-eligible but want to keep working. Can I apply for state unemployment benefits, look for a job and still receive my retirement?

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