New Mexico eases unemployment benefits rule due to shutdown

January 10, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government’s partial shutdown has prompted New Mexico to waive the unemployment insurance rule’s requirement that applicants search for work.

The Department of Workforce Solutions says an emergency provision issued Wednesday by Secretary-designate Bill McCamley waives the requirement for furloughed federal employees for up to 180 days.

The department says federal employees affected by the shutdown who are on furlough or are required to continue work without pay are eligible to file for unemployment.

However, the department says employees who receive unemployment benefits and also later receive a retroactive payment from their employer for the same time period will need to repay the benefits received.

According to the department, over 450 employees from the Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Interior and Health and Human Services have applied for benefits.

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