CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- WorkForce West Virginia is asking federal workers furloughed by the partial government shutdown to hold off on filing for unemployment benefits.
A posting on the agency's website encourages federal workers to wait until next week to file their claims because it's uncertain how long the shutdown will last.
The agency says it will backdate claims up to 21 days after a worker is laid off.
The agency already has received about 30 claims from federal workers and has increased staff to process an expected rise in claims next week.
The first step for federal employees is contacting the closest Workforce West Virginia Office to them. The agency says they need to bring with them, an ID, proof of wages and their 2012 W2 tax form.
Also, employees are asked to visit the Workforce West Virginia's website to download a copy of the Initial Claim Application (CD-1) and complete it prior to filing their claim.
Those Federal workers who are still on the job but not getting paid will get a paycheck, eventually.
Those folks are not advised to pay for benefits because if they receive them, and then get back pay, they will be asked to repay the unemployment.
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