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Maintaining OWCP benefits for as long as needed, Part 2

Workers' compensation is supposed to be that no-fault safety net that helps workers get the treatment and therapy needed to recover and return to work. As we noted in our previous post, the benefit system for federal workers in Texas and across the country is separate from those for the private sector.

Getting and maintaining needed coverage isn't always easy. Denials occur and the process of going through the appeals process can be complicated and challenging without help of a skilled advocate. Those with experience in this area of practice likely would agree that there are a few common reasons why injured workers might see their benefits terminated. Read on to learn more.

Maintaining OWCP benefits for as long as needed, Part 1

We suspect this is something most everyone has probably experienced before, especially at the big federal agency offices around the country. You happen to encounter a work colleague you haven't seen in awhile and he has a brace on his wrist that wasn't there before.

Being the caring person you are; you ask what happened. The response is, "Tendinitis. I'm sure it's work related." The next question it would seem legitimate to ask is, "Well, have you filed a workers' compensation claim?" Very often the answer that comes back is, "Wow, I guess I should."

House sets stage for showdown on veteran hiring preference

Congress holds the purse strings of government spending. Just because both chambers are in Republican control doesn't mean that the legislative ship of state is cruising along smoothly along solid party lines. All Texas readers have to do is examine the situation that exists over the government's policy on giving military veterans hiring preference for federal positions.

As we noted in our last post, lawmakers are considering language that would change current elements of federal employment policy. Depending on how things play out, veterans might find that the partiality they enjoy now will be cut back. But it's clear from the way things currently stand that there is some division in congressional ranks about how the matter should be resolved.

Scaling back federal job preferences for vets

There can be a number of different points at which discrimination can come into play in the process of federal employment. As we noted in a previous post, the standard of fairness and openness that the Merit Systems Protection Board is meant to strive for isn't always achieved. Managers may sometimes limit the time a position is posted, or reopen a listing if a preferred candidate suddenly appears.

Once in a job, a person might suffer wrongful termination, miss out on a promotion for which they should be eligible or suffer sexual harassment. All these are forms of discrimination that should not happen, and whether you live in Texas or some other state, you need to know you have rights to protect yourself from any illegal treatment.

What process is due under federal job due process rules?

The concept of due process enjoys a long history. It's been around since before the United States began and is preserved as a core constitutional value in Texas and every other state. It is perhaps most associated with how the government is supposed to treat individuals suspected of criminal or civil wrongdoing to ensure quality of justice.

Despite the recognized value of promoting due process in the broad scope of matters, it was only in 1912 that it began to be applied to federal employment. That's when the first U.S. law took effect saying that workers could not be removed from a job without specific steps being followed for the protection of rights.

Park Service 'Culture of sexual harassment' draws lawmaker fire

The National Park Service is a proud institution. Created in 1916, it claims oversight of operations covering 84 million acres of land. The sites include historical and wilderness parks, monuments, battlefields and more in Texas, Georgia and other states.

In 2015, more than 300 million visitors took in the sights at parks around the country. Helping them get the most out of those visits were more than 20,000 employees. Unfortunately, while front-line staffers have helped open the eyes of millions of tourists, Congress says upper management has turned a blind eye to internal problems and that a culture of sexual harassment now runs deep in the agency.

Reverse discrimination in the workplace: What it is - and what to do about it.

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When most people think of discrimination in the workplace, they imagine a scenario in which a supervisor who is a member of a "majority" group takes adverse action against an employee who is a member of a "minority" group. This type of discrimination is common, illegal, and wrong.

But it is important to remember that the law protects all individuals from discrimination in the workplace. Even if that discrimination is considered to be reverse discrimination

Drug and alcohol policies can work against job applicants

While the national job market appears to be slowing, there are still a number of people still seeking work. The monthly jobs report may not account for the number of temporary, seasonal jobs that have already been filled, as well as the many parents who choose not to work because their children are out of school.

Nevertheless, there may be skilled job applicants who may be unfairly denied opportunities because of prior drug and alcohol convictions.  

What treatment for dog bite can involve

A couple of weeks ago, we offered up an item about what might seem to be a rather mundane issue – the rate of U.S. Postal Service carriers attacked by dogs. Many might be surprised by the statistics in the latest annual report by the USPS on this subject. Officials reported 6,549 dog attacks in 2015. The scope of the kinds of injuries that may have been suffered wasn't delved into, but the number itself is significant.

As we observed in that entry, dog attacks on people are so common that they almost go unnoticed. About the only time they attract attention is if the victim is a child, the dog is a pit bull or the injuries suffered are life threatening. But as anyone in Texas, Georgia, or elsewhere who has been an attack victim can attest, recovery after an attack can require significant time and medical resources. Whenever a federal worker needs workers' compensation benefits, the process can be eased with the help of an experienced attorney.

Workers' compensation benefits for federal employees

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Are you a federal employee who has been injured at work? If so, you may be entitled to federal workers' compensation benefits.

For federal employees, workers' compensation is handled by the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP).

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