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