Unemployment Benefits for Railroad Employees
Only qualified employees can receive benefits under the Railroad
Unemployment Insurance Act. A new benefit year begins every July 1. To
qualify for benefits in a benefit year, you must have creditable
railroad earnings in the preceding calendar year (base year), counting
no more than a certain amount in any month. In addition, a new employee
must have railroad service in at least 5 months of his or her first
year of work in order to be eligible for benefits in the following
The amount of earnings needed to qualify for benefits in a benefit year
depends on the monthly compensation base in the base year. An employee
is required to have base year earnings of not less than 2- 1/2 times
the monthly compensation base applicable to months in that base year.
As the monthly compensation base increases, the amount of compensation
needed to qualify for benefits also increases.
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Benefit Year Beginning - July 1, 2011
Earnings Needed in Base Year - $3,325.00 in 2010 (2 1/2 x $1,330.00 =
$3,325.00). If 2010 was your first year of railroad work, you must
also have railroad service in 5 months in 2010.
In this example, $1,330.00 is the monthly compensation base for base
year 2010. The monthly compensation base for base year 2011 is
$1,330.00. Contact your local RRB field office if you need information
about the monthly compensation base for other years.
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