Federal Shutdown – Unemployment Benefits for Furloughed Workers

How do I file a claim for unemployment benefits?

If you are a civilian employee of the Federal government and placed on non pay status (furlough) due to the Federal shutdown, you may file an online claim for benefits at uiclaims.hawaii.gov from 6:30am to 11pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 11pm on weekends and holidays.  In anticipation of long wait times due to the volume of applications, it is recommended that you file your claim online.

Since other federal workers will also be on furlough status and we may not be able to obtain your employment and wages from your federal agency to establish your unemployment claim, you will need to provide:

  • Personal information such as your social security number, address, and date of birth
  • Employment information such as your employer’s name and location.  For Federal workers, you need to provide the address of your payroll office.
  • Proof of employment and wages.  Copies of your SF8 and SF50 (if available), earnings and leave statements for the one-year period prior to 10/1/13, W-2 for 2012, and your furlough notice.  These documents can be delivered, mailed, faxed or emailed to your local claims office.  Go to http://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/contact/ for contact information.

Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits during the period in which I’m put on furlough status?

As a general rule, you have to be unemployed for most or all of the week in order to be eligible for benefits.  If your earnings in any week exceed your weekly benefit amount, you are not eligible for benefits for that week.  Unemployment benefits are determined on a weekly basis and a week of unemployment is for the period from Sunday through Saturday.  The first week that you are deemed eligible will be a waiting period week.  You are not paid for the waiting period week.  You must also meet our eligibility requirements each week.

NOTE: If Congress decides employees who were previously placed on non pay status shall be paid for the time not worked, any benefits paid will be an overpayment and you may be required to repay any overpaid unemployment benefits during the period of your furlough.