Q & A Session – Discontinued Service Retirement and Unemployment


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


If you retire under discontinued service, can you apply for unemployment?



Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.


  1. HR Supervisor on

    Your answer is incorrect. Each state is different and you should have directed the individual asking the question to their respective UEC. In Pennsylvania, you do qualify for UEC benefits, however your benefit will be reduced by the amount of your annuity.

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