CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Federal employees in West Virginia who are impacted by the government shutdown can apply for unemployment benefits throughout WorkForce West Virginia.
According to the West Virginia Department of Commerce, workers are encouraged to apply by visiting WorkForce West Virginia website.
People can also visit a local WorkForce Office for additional support and application assistance. WorkForce Outreach Office employees cannot process unemployment claims.
The WVDOC says the first week you are eligible for benefits on a claim is a mandatory unpaid waiting period.
According to the WVDOC, applications will be processed as soon as possible. There may be some delays due to wages not being immediately available due to the shutdown.
You will need to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SFSO) or a Notice to Federal Employee About Unemployment Insurance (SF8). In order to expedite your claim process, please upload check stubs when filing the Initial claim in case the agency cannot obtain wage information.
Federal employees who are separated as a result of the partial government shutdown are considered job-attached and will not be required to conduct a job search during the furlough.
If you are working but not getting paid, you need to report hours and earnings during this time, for each week you file for benefits.
The WVDOC says that if Congress reaches an agreement that includes back pay for furloughed time, federal workers will be responsible for paying back any unemployment benefits received during that time. If you have already requested payment of unemployment benefits and you then receive payment from your government job you must provide detailed information about the compensation you received, including dates and gross amounts.
For more information on unemployment benefits for federal furloughed employees in West Virginia, you can visit workforcewv.org/unemployment or call 304-558-2611.