Furloughed Federal workers stationed in Hawaii may apply for Unemployment Benefits

Posted on Jan 11, 2019 in News

Civilian employees of the Federal government placed on non-pay status due to the partial government shutdown may apply for benefits online at uiclaims.hawaii.gov from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends and holidays.  Individuals applying for benefits must have their personal information available such as social security number, address and date of birth.

Since the Department may be unable to obtain wage and separation information due to the furlough, the affected Federal employees will need to provide relevant employment information such as the employer’s name, location and address of the payroll office.  Additionally, Federal employees will need to provide copies of their SF8 and SF50 (if available), leave and earning statements for the 18-month period prior to December 28, 2018, W-2 for 2017 and 2018, and 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.

Eligibility for benefits is determined on a week by week basis Sunday through Saturday.  Individuals must be unemployed for most or all of the week in order to be eligible.  If earnings for any week exceeds the weekly benefit amount, the individual will not be eligible for that week.  The first week that you file a claim certification and are deemed eligible will serve as the waiting period week.  Benefits are not paid for the waiting period week.  Individuals must meet the eligibility requirements each week.

If Congress decides Federal 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 those individuals may be required to repay any overpaid unemployment benefits during the period of the furlough.