UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES (UCFE) PROGRAM
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (UI) FOR FEDERAL WORKERS
TAKE THIS FORM WITH YOU IF YOU GO TO FILE A CLAIM
1. WHO WILL PAY UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS?
If you are eligible, you will be paid by a State employment security agency under the provisions of its unemployment insurance (UI) law. The amount of your regular
weekly benefits and the period for which benefits will be paid will generally be determined by the law of the State in which you had your last Official Duty Station. This
Duty Station will be printed on your final "Notification of Personnel Action", SF-50. If you have received all the regular benefits for which you are eligible, you may,
under certain circumstances, became eligible for additional weeks of extended benefits; check with a State local office official. If your last duty station was outside the
United States, you will not be eligible until you return to the United States, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands. Your benefit rights will
then be determined under the law of your State of residence.
UCFE/UI for unemployed Federal workers is paid from U.S. Government funds. No deductions were taken from your pay to finance these benefits.
2. UNDER WHAT CONDITIONS WILL I BE ELIGIBLE?
All State UI laws require that:
a. You must be unemployed, able to work, and available for suitable work; (In some cases, you may be eligible if you are employed less than full time);
b. You must register for work and file a claim at a local public employment service/UI claim office;
c. You must continue to report to the office as directed; and
d. You must have had a certain amount of employment/wages within a base period of 1 year specified in the State law and have been separated through no fault of
All State UI laws will deny you benefits for such reasons as:
a. Quitting your job voluntarily without good cause or being discharged for misconduct connected with work; or
b. Refusing an offer of a suitable job without good cause.
Some State UI laws deny or reduce UI benefits for certain types of payments you may receive (retirement, severance, and/or lump-sum amount for unused, accrued annual
3. DO I HAVE THE RIGHT OF APPEAL?
Yes. If a determination is made denying you benefits, you have the right to appeal as provided in the applicable State law.
4. ARE THERE ANY PENALTIES?
Yes. If you willfully make a false (fraudulent) claim, you may be fined, imprisoned, or both. If you make a mistake in giving information when you file your claim, notify
the local UI claim office as soon as you discover the mistake: prompt notification may avoid a penalty.
(The above statements are issued for general information; they do not have the effect of law, regulation, or ruling).
IF YOU BECOME REEMPLOYED and have been collection UCFE/UI benefit payments, it is your RESPONSIBILITY to notify the local office, in writing, to discontinue
paying benefits now that you are employed. Failure to do so may result in a penalty such as a fine, imprisonment, or both.