RRB Now Paying Extended Jobless Benefits

The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board said it has begun processing and paying extended unemployment insurance benefits to railroad workers furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal CARES Act authorized extended benefits to rail workers from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.

Rail workers with less than 10 years of service may be eligible for up to 65 days of extended benefits within seven consecutive two-week registration periods.

Those with 10 or more service years who are eligible for up to 65 days of extended benefits, may now receive benefits for up to 130 days within 13 consecutive two-week registration periods, RRB officials said in a news release.

No extended benefit period under the provision can begin after Dec. 31 and the agency will identify employees who’ve exhausted their regular benefits during the benefit year that began July 1, 2019.

Those workers will receive a letter and claim forms to receive the extended benefits. The forms are also available on the agency’s website.

Since RRB offices are closed to the public due to the pandemic, railroad employees are encouraged to file for UI benefits by setting up an myRRB account.

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