Federal Employees Furlough Information
This is official notice of the partial federal government shutdown as of December 22, 2018.
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) for Federal Employees program provides benefits for eligible unemployed former civilian Federal employees. The program is administered by States as agents of the Federal government. This program is operated under the same terms and conditions that apply to regular State UI. In general, the law of the State in which your last official duty station in Federal civilian service was located will be the State law that determines eligibility for UI benefits. Federal agencies fund UI for federal employees.
Eligibility can only be determined once an unemployment claim is filed and established as valid. A determination of eligibility will be made based on the reason and details of the separation from the most recent employer.
Qualifications for Eligibility
- Sufficient wages in the base period to establish a valid claim
- No fault for separation from most recent employer
An unemployment claim can be established with a minimum weekly benefit amount of $44 and a maximum weekly benefit amount of $330.
Since the effective date of the federal government shutdown is December 22, 2018, affected federal workers are encouraged to file for unemployment benefits no earlier than December 23, 2018.
Georgia law requires all applicants for any type of unemployment benefits who are 18 years of age or older sign an affidavit attesting to be a United States citizen, a legal permanent resident or a non-citizen legally present in the United States. Valid government- issued picture identification is required to complete the affidavit. An email notification will be sent to individuals who file their claim online advising of a date and time to report to the career center to complete the affidavit.
In addition, federal wages used to establish an unemployment claim must be verified. Federal agency staff will be limited and may not be available to verify wages. It is important that former civilian Federal employees immediately provide the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) with proof of earnings, such as, W-2, paystubs, SF-50 or SF-8, if available. Failure to provide proof of earnings may delay federal unemployment claims. Individuals who file by Internet can provide these documents when reporting to a career center to complete the affidavit.
The Claimant's Affidavit of Federal Civilian Service, Wages, and Reason for Separation (ES‐935) form is a required document in addition to filing your unemployment claim. Complete Sections 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9b, 10a‐d, and 11 before reporting in person. The acknowledgement statement listed at the bottom of the form should not be signed and dated prior to reporting in person to the Career Center. After completing the ES 935 and your online application, you must report in person to the Career Center listed on your confirmation page, to sign and provide your completed ES‐935 form and proof of your federal employment income for the last 18 months (e.g. Standard Form 50, W‐2 form or pay stubs).
If you are unable to print this form, copies are available at the Career Centers. Failure to provide this additional information in a timely manner will result in a delay of benefits.
Unemployment benefits paid during a period in which back pay wages are given will be considered an overpayment and must be recovered by the GDOL.
For more information about the federal government shutdown and furlough information, access Pay & Leave Furlough Guidance from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Browser Requirements for Filing a Claim Online
This process contains PDFs that may need to be printed and Adobe Acrobat Reader will be required. A free software download is available from the Adobe web site. Please ensure this software is available prior to beginning the claim filing process.