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District of Columbia Unemployment Benefit Questions

Does pension affect Unemployment Insurance benefits?

Yes and no. If you are receiving pension from a fund to which you made no contribution, then your benefit amount may be affected. This means that your weekly pension amount will be calculated and that much will be reduced from your benefit amount for UC.

If you are receiving pension from a fund that you contributed to, your UC  will remain unaffected. This would be your social security pension and there will be no reduction in the benefit amount.

If I owe child support, will my weekly benefits be affected?

If you are obliged to support a child, at least 25% of your weekly benefit may be deducted. The deducted amount will be applied to your child support obligation.

What is over payment ? And what could lead to it?

Receiving benefits for which you are not entitled could lead to over payment. If you end up receiving overpaid, you may receive a notification about the same. Following are some of the instances that lead to over payment.

  • Not reporting your earnings
  • Providing an inaccurate report of your earnings
  • Receiving back pay. If you were restored to work with back pay, you will be overpaid if the back pay covered any weeks for which you already received unemployment compensation
  • Continuing to file for benefits even after you have returned to work
  • An administrative Law Judge’s decision overturning an earlier ruling that you were eligible for benefits

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Questions & Answers

  1. Terri says:

    Can I work a contract job while receiving unemployment benefits?

    • Martin says:

      Well, any income you earn while receiving UI benefits should be reported.

      Please call the Claims Center to inquire about your eligibility to work under the contract.

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