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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Exempt Rail Worker With Disability Issues

(Posted October 15, 2013)

Question 1066: I am 55 years old. I have been working as an Exempt officer since 2004. I started working for the former ATSF on 3/17/1977 as a MOW employee. My current position is Road Master. I have been on short term disability four other times for my condition. I have disability insurance as an Exempt officer
benefit. What are my options as far as Railroad Retirement benefits? Should I talk to the Railroad Retirement Board? My short-term disability lasts for 6 months, and then there is a long-term disability benefit through Metlife insurance company.

Answer: I suggest you discuss your situation with the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) as soon as the current Federal Government shut-down is over. The toll-free number is: (877) 772-5772.

The Railroad Unemployment Program, also administered by the RRB, provides Sickness Benefits for periods of short-term Disability. Railroad Retirement provides Disability Annuities for permanent disability conditions.

Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.

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