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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Need At Least 25 Years of Railroad Work for Special Current Connection Protection

(Posted March 21, 2001)

Question 166: I'm writing about your answers to Questions 157 and 163. If I am involuntary terminated after 20 years because of "downsizing," do I receive special protection because of involuntary termination? Would accepting a severance payment or early retirement have any affect?

Answer: The special "current connection" protection for workers who are involuntary terminated from railroad employment can only apply to individuals with atleast 25 years of rail credits. With only 20 years, the worker would lose a current connection, as noted in Questions 157 and 163.


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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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