Railroad Unemployment and Sickness Benefits Will Increase Due to Adjusted Sequestration Rate
Beginning October 1, 2017, the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) will reduce railroad unemployment and sickness insurance benefits by 6.6 percent, down from the current 6.9 percent reduction, as required by law.
The adjusted reduction amount is based on revised projections of benefit claims and payments under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act. It will remain in effect through September 30, 2018, the end of the fiscal year. Reductions in future fiscal years, should they occur, will be calculated based on applicable law.