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Unemployment Compensation During a Government Shutdown Furlough

Eligibility for Unemployment Compensation

  • Employees may be eligible for unemployment compensation depending upon the number of consecutive furlough days. 
  • Generally, you must be unemployed for a minimum of 7 days to be eligible for unemployment compensation. 
  • Questions regarding eligibility for unemployment compensation should be directed to the appropriate State unemployment office (based on your duty station).

Department of Labor Guidance for Unemployment Compensation

HR Responsibilities for Notifying Employees of Unemployment Compensation Eligibility

  • Federal agencies are required to provide employees with an SF-8 form if they will be in a non-duty status for seven or more days. 
    • The SF-8 form is being provided to employees with the notification of furlough since it is unknown at this time how long a furloughed employee may be in a non-duty status.

Employee Responsibilities

  • It is the responsibility of the employee to file an application for unemployment compensation during the furlough.
  • If Congress determines that Federal employees will be paid for the furlough period, employees are responsible for repaying any monies received from the State unemployment office during the furlough period.  Money should be repaid directly to the State from which the unemployment compensation was received.  Federal agencies are not authorized to deduct unemployment compensation received from Federal salaries owed the employee.


    Updated: Saturday, January 26, 2019
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