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VEC: Furloughed Federal Workers Should Apply for Unemployment Insurance



Oct. 2, 2013

The Virginia Employment Commission is recommending federal employees who have been furloughed to apply for unemployment insurance.

Any employee of the federal government or contractor who has been hired by the federal government is eligible to file a claim for those benefits.

They recommend that you file in the first week of being furloughed. However be careful, because you might have to pay back those benefits once the furlough is over.

"When we're dealing with a federal shutdown, past experiences have shown that when there is ultimately an agreement reached and employees return to work,” says Unemployment Insurance Director William Walton. “They also receive back pay for the period they were out of work, and if that happens and they've received unemployment insurance, they would be required to repay those benefits to the commission."

Click on the link below for more information on how to apply and what documentation you will need.

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