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RS22350 – Railroad Retirement Board: Retirement, Survivor, Disability, Unemployment, and Sickness Benefits – 10/6/2016

RS22350 – Railroad Retirement Board: Retirement, Survivor, Disability, Unemployment, and Sickness Benefits – 10/6/2016 published on

Author: Scott Szymendera, Analyst in Disability Policy
Pages: 11

The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), an independent federal agency, administers retirement, survivor, disability, unemployment, and sickness insurance for railroad workers and their families under the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) and Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA).1 Workers covered by these acts include those employed by railroads engaged in interstate commerce and related subsidiaries, railroad associations, and railroad labor organizations. During FY2015, the RRB paid $12.2 billion in retirement and survivor benefits to approximately 558,000 beneficiaries. Unemployment and sickness benefits totaling $83 million were paid to approximately 25,000 claimants.2 Lifelong railroad workers receive railroad retirement benefits instead of Social Security benefits; railroad workers with non-railroad experience receive benefits from either railroad retirement or from Social Security, depending on the length of their railroad servic

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