January 16, 2019

Unemployment Insurance (UI) Questions and Answers for Federal Employees

This information provided below is general information. For case specific information, please contact your local unemployment office.

Q: Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?

A: You may apply on or after the first day you are furloughed. Once you file your claim, the agency will determine your eligibility. In general, furloughed employees should be eligible as long as all other state eligibility factors are met.

Q: How do I file an unemployment claim?

A: To file a claim in Delaware, visit ui.delawareworks.com.

Q: What is the weekly amount of benefits paid and how long do benefits last?

A: Delaware pays a maximum of 26 weeks; the maximum weekly benefit allowance is $330.00

Q: When will I receive my first unemployment payment?

A: Most UI payments are paid to the eligible claimants within 14-21 days.

Q: Are Federal employees required to repay the unemployment benefits received when/if wages are paid retroactively for the time they were not working during the government shutdown?

A: Employees who receive unemployment benefits and later receive a retroactive payment from their employer for the same time period will be required to repay the UI benefits received.

Q: If I am overpaid benefits, will I be required to repay the entire amount all at once?

A: Delaware will allow an individual to set up a repayment agreement to satisfy the overpayment.

Q: Is it possible to cancel my UI claim if the government shutdown ends?

A: Delaware does not allow the cancellation of a UI claim but during your weekly filing of benefits, you would report you have returned back to work.

Q: I have not received any UI payments. How can I find out the status of my claim?

A: Please contact you local UI office.

Department of Labor