A furloughed federal employee’s guide to filing for unemployment during the shutdown
Federal News Network ^ | January 2, 2019 2:02 pm | Nicole Ogrysko @nogryskoWFED
Posted on 1/3/2019, 10:59:43 AM by COBOL2Java
Furloughed federal employees can, in most circumstances, file for unemployment benefits during a government shutdown. The Office of Personnel Management has recently updated information on how furloughed workers can file for unemployment insurance during the partial government shutdown.
Employees’ eligibility for unemployment varies by state. In most circumstances, the state where an employee’s official duty station is located is the state that will determine a worker’s unemployment eligibility in the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees Program. State unemployment insurance agencies administer this program on behalf of the federal government.
Federal employees who are eligible can apply for unemployment benefits on or after the first day of their furlough.
To file an unemployment claim, federal employees should first contact the state where they work to get started, OPM said. Some states may require employees to wait a week after filing a claim before they receive a payment. In general, most states will issue benefits within 14-to-21 days after an employee filed a claim, according to OPM.
Each state has different requirements that federal employees must meet first to unemployment eligibility.
Most states pay a maximum of 26 weeks of regular benefits, according to OPM, but the benefits themselves vary depending on location.
For employees who work in the District of Columbia, D.C. will pay up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. Benefits will range from $50-to-$425 a week, according to this reference table of state unemployment insurance laws and information.
The situation is different in Virginia, which will pay unemployment benefits for 12-to-26 weeks. Benefits will range from $60-to-$378 a week.
In Maryland, benefits will be paid for up to 26 weeks and will range from $50-to-$430 a week.
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