If you are involuntarily separated from employment, you may be eligible for severance benefits under the Transitional Benefits Program. This program allows school divisions and VRS-participating political subdivisions to provide a transitional severance benefit or an enhanced retirement benefit to employees who are laid off because of a budget reduction, agency reorganization, workforce downsizing or other causes not related to job performance or misconduct.
Teachers, other school employees (cafeteria workers, bus drivers and maintenance workers) and political subdivision employees are eligible for benefits under the program, depending on your employer's election. Check with your human resource office to see if your employer offers the Transitional Benefits Program. Sheriffs, treasurers, commissioners of revenue, commonwealth attorneys and circuit court clerks are not eligible for the program. However, personnel reporting to these employees are eligible.