COVID-19 vaccine mandates and Unemployment and Sickness Benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA)
(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, November 22, 2021)
CHICAGO ó The Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA) provides for payment of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to eligible employees for days of unemployment and for the payment of sickness insurance (SI) benefits for days of sickness. The Railroad Retirement Board has prepared a list of frequently asked questions regarding those situations in which an employerís vaccine mandate has adversely affected an employment situation. Please note that the answers to these questions are based on the assumption that the employee meets all necessary eligibility requirements. Instructions on filing for benefits are provided following the questions and answers.