Unemployment Benefits for Furloughed & Expected Employees (633 17th St) - Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
633 17th St - Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
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Description of Service
Provides Unemployment Compensation for furloughed and expected (those that are still required to work but without pay) Federal employees during a government shutdown.
- All federal workers, both those who are working and those who have been furloughed, will have to repay the unemployment benefits they received after they have recovered their lost wages.
- There is a mandatory one-week waiting period before the claim is activated.
- Unlike most claimants, the federal workers impacted by the shutdown are considered “job attached,” which means they are not required to conduct a job search during their furlough.
- Furloughed federal employees are permitted to work up to 32 hours a week and still apply for benefits.
Call or visit website to file a claim.
Claims can be filed online at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/start-a-claim
For more information about unemployment benefits for furloughed employees, please visit https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/#url=Unemployment-Insurance-Resources
Q. What is a shut-down?
A. Every year Congress appropriates funds for
Federal Agencies to operate in each fiscal year.
In the absence of either a signed appropriations
or a Continuing Resolution, Federal Agencies
must “shut-down” (that is, cease normal
Q. Which federal employees are affected?
A. When there is a “shut-down” not all government
operations cease. Expectations generally
provide for continuation of activities involving
national defense, law enforcement, and other
activities directly involved with the protection of
life and property. In addition, employees not
paid from appropriated funds, and those
“excepted” to administer shut-down operations,
will continue to work.
During a government shut-down, employees
who are not required to work under one of the
exceptions above may not even volunteer their
services. Employees not required to work are
“furloughed,” that is, placed in a non-pay, nonduty status, until the shut-down ends.
Q. Will “excepted” employees get paid?
A. Employees designated “excepted” who continue
to work during the shut-down will almost
certainly be paid for this period. However, this
requires specific Congressional approval and
that has occurred in the past.
Q. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?
A. State UI laws regarding eligibility vary. You
may apply on or after the first day you are
furloughed. The state where you file your claim
will determine your eligibility. In general,
furloughed employees should be eligible as long
as all other state eligibility factors are met.
Q. How do I file an unemployment claim?
A. You need to contact the state where you worked
to file a claim. To find contact information for
your state, please visit the following website:
http://www.servicelocator.org/. Employees may
be asked to provide proof of wages such as an
earnings and leave statement, or Form SF-50
and may also be asked to provide a Form SF-8.
What is the weekly amount of UCFE benefits
paid, and how long do benefits last?
Most states pay a maximum of 26 weeks of
regular benefits; the maximum weekly benefit
amount of UCFE is based on the state law; the
amounts will vary.
Q. How soon will benefits begin to be paid?
A. Some states require individuals to serve a
waiting week, which means that the first week
after a claim is filed is an unpaid week. In
general, most states will issue payments to
eligible individuals within 14-21 days after the
claim is filed.
Q. What will happen if Federal employees are
paid for time during the shutdown period?
A. Should an appropriation or continuing resolution
occur that retroactively provides for the payment
of salary, state and Federal UI laws governing
benefit overpayments will need to be applied to
those weeks in which benefits were paid.
A guide to unemployment can be obtained at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/node/41376
Furloughed and expected Federal employees who are unemployed or not receiving a paycheck due to the government shutdown.