OIG: Postal Service’s Limited Duty and Rehabilitation Programs Return to Work Processes in the Southern and Pacific Areas

Objective Our objective was to assess whether the U.S. Postal Service effectively managed its Limited Duty and Rehabilitation programs to ensure that injured employees in the Southern and Pacific areas who were deemed fit returned to work timely. The Postal Service’s Limited Duty and Rehabilitation programs help the agency meet its legal obligation to injured-on-duty…

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Mail Carrier Found Not Guilty on All Counts in OWCP Fraud Trial

By Vickie Sandlin – July 27, 2017 The prosecution failed to convince a jury of 12 people that Kristi Rae Ness, 54 of Julesburg, was guilty on 12 felony counts of insurance fraud, offering a false instrument for recording, attempt to influence a public servant and forgery of a public record. In May 2015 Ness…

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Retired postal worker loses disability bias case

By Sheena Harrison – June 2, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service did not violate the federal Rehabilitation Act when it prevented an injured employee from returning to work until she could pass a series of physical examinations, a federal court has ruled. Dorothea Washington worked as a bulk mail technician at a postal service office…

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Examining Return-To-Work Issues Under The FMLA

I frequently receive calls from clients involving an employee who is about to use up all of his medical leave, but who has little chance of returning to work — either at the end of his 12-week Family and Medical Leave Act leave period or anytime soon thereafter. Many times these calls involve an employee…

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When an Employee Falls Off a Ladder at Work, is His Absence Covered by FMLA? An Employer’s Misstep Discussed…

By Jeff Nowak on December 4, 2014 Note to self: When one of my employees: falls off a ladder at work, is taken to urgent care by the company’s HR Director, asks whether the FMLA would apply to his absence, then, as a result of his doctor’s orders, takes a multi-week absence after the fall…

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