Tom Melancon replied to the topic If there is a shutdown will you apply for unemployment? Will we have insurance coverage? in the forum Miscellaneous 8 years, 4 months ago
I just received this information in a “FAQ” attachment from the Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis
Employee enrollment in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) progam continues for up to 365 days in an emergency non-pay status. Government contributions to FEHB will continue while the suspension of operations is in effect. The Department is responsible for forwarding the employee’s share of the premiums to the health care provider. The employee’s share will then be deducted from his or her pay upon resumption of normal Departmental operations.
Employees in non-pay status will have their Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) frozen. Once normal DOL operations resume, their accounts will be reactivsated and claims can be filed.
Employees may seek outside employment during a suspension of operations, as long as the outside work does not conflict with an employee’s official position.
While on furlough, employees may become eligible for unemployment compensation. State unemployment compensation requirements difer; typically unemployment compensation is available to individuals who have been in a non-pay status for seven or more consectutive days and meet other eligibility requirements.
If you are furloughed, you may have the right to appeal the furlough decision to the Merit Systems Protection Board. If you wish to appeal to the MSPB, you must file such appeal within 30 calendar days after the effective date of your furlough action.
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