When an employer is out of line and in violation of the law, it’s possible that their employees could suffer as a result. If you work as a government employee, understand that there are benefits that you may be entitled to, and your employer should not be trying to keep them from you.
It’s true that the benefits system for federal employees can be complicated, and you may be unsure of which benefits you’re entitled to. Maybe you’re unsure about retirement or are trying to claim disability because of an injury. Whatever the case may be, if your employer isn’t helping you or is telling you something that doesn’t seem to add up, then you deserve an opportunity to work through the issue with good legal support.
Which entity do you talk to about retiring from the federal government?
It’s important to get to know the Office of Personnel Management, because this office handles all retirement services. If you have questions about your federal retirement benefits, it’s worth reaching out to this office first. It has all kinds of information including:
- The kinds of retirement options open to you
- How to manage your benefits online
- Answers to commonly asked questions
You may have questions about your retirement that are important to your life, like how soon your claim will be processed once you retire. The government aims to process your retirement within 60 days, but that isn’t guaranteed. For example, if you have special circumstances to consider, then you could find that it takes much longer to get your claim. Retirement Services has a link with average retirement processing times within a two-year window for all claimants.
What should you do if your retirement claim is denied or delayed because of legal issues?
If your retirement is delayed or denied, it’s a good idea to talk to your attorney. There are some actions you may be able to take to clear up problems with your benefits, such as making clear elections or providing more information to Retirement Services. Your attorney can help you make sure you get the right benefits in the shortest amount of time.