The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is reminding rail employees out of work due to Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath that they may qualify for unemployment benefits. To determine eligibility or file claims for benefits, affected railroaders should call the RRB’s toll-free telephone number (1-877-772-5772) or visit the Unemployment benefits webpage. Rail workers who are out of work and without Internet or regular mail service may temporarily claim benefits by calling the RRB’s toll-free number until services are restored.
In order to file an application for benefits online, an individual must have an Internet Services Account with the agency. For security purposes, first-time users must obtain a unique password, which they can do by clicking on the link for requesting a Password Request Code (PRC) in Benefit Online Services.
Individuals who have already established an Internet Services Account and password can click Login at the top of the agency’s home page for direct access to file applications and claims for biweekly unemployment benefits, as well as conduct other business with the RRB online. For rail workers without power or Internet access, the RRB encourages them to call the agency toll-free (1-877-772-5772).
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