USPS OIG Report: Payments to Injured Employees

Objective Our objective was to determine whether the Postal Service is properly paying its injured employees. Postal Service employees are covered by the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) administers FECA, determines injured employees’ eligibility for benefits, and pays direct compensation to claimants or…

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APWU Offers Help for COVID OWCP Claims

From the Office of President Mark Dimondstein 1300 L Street NW Washington, DC 20005 July 7, 2020 To: All National Officers, State and Local Presidents Re: COVID OWCP Guidance Sisters and Brothers: The work done by postal workers in this challenging time of pandemic has played a major role in keeping the country connected. But…

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Information on FECA Coverage for Coronavirus Disease – 2019/COVID-19

A federal employee who contracts the Coronavirus Disease – 2019, known as COVID-19, while in performance of their job duties would have the full coverage of the FECA for related medical treatment and for wage loss or disability related to that condition or associated complications. However, under 20 C.F.R. § 10.303, exposure to COVID-19 alone…

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APWU: OWCP Online Claim Filing, Rollout Dates

(This article first appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By APWU Human Relations Director Sue Carney November 20, 2019 All postal employees who are injured on duty will soon have the option of filing Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWCP) claims online through the Employees’ Compensation Operation and Management Portal…

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APWU Western Region Coordinator: Filing a Stress Workers Comp Claim

Excerpt from APWU Western Region Coordinator Omar M. Gonzalez’ Dealing With Postal Monsters Guidebook Postal workers who are harassed may suffer emotional stress when carrying out their postal assignment duties.  At times employees file Workers Compensation claims and are taken aback by the denial of such claims by the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP)…

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NALC: How to file a CA-2 for an occupational disease

Via NALC April 2017 Postal Record: Carrying mail is tough, physical work that can take a toll on your body. Many letter carriers tolerate nagging aches and pains throughout their careers, often suffering permanent damage while attempting to “walk it off.” Fortunately, federal law provides compensation for these types of injuries, which are referred to…

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USPS OIG Report: The Postal Service’s Handling of OWCP Claim Forms

Background In fiscal years (FY) 2014 and 2015, the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) provided over $1 billion in annual workers’ compensation benefits to U.S. Postal Service workers for personal injury, disease, or death sustained while working. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP) administers the FECA for the Postal…

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