RRB Releases Informational Booklet on Railroad Unemployment and Sickness Benefits

The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has released a booklet covering Railroad Unemployment and Sickness Benefits.

The Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act provides two kinds of benefits for railroad employees: unemployment benefits, when you are not working but are ready, willing and able to work; and sickness benefits, when you are unable to work because of illness or injury. Sickness benefits are also payable to female employees unable to work because of pregnancy, miscarriage, or childbirth.

Benefit payments are based on biweekly claims filed with the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), the Federal agency responsible for administering the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act.

The funds to pay unemployment and sickness benefits are provided by payroll taxes on railroad employers only. Employees do not pay unemployment insurance taxes.

The booklet describes the requirements for railroad unemployment and sickness benefits, the amounts payable, and how to claim them.

Click here to read the booklet.

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