Lulu is a good dog. Indeed, by most usual measures, those who know her agree she's a great dog. But the year and a half-old black Labrador retriever is not cut out for being a Central Intelligence Agency-trained explosives detecting dog. Earlier this month, the CIA announced that Lulu had washed out of the agency's latest "puppy class" for bomb-sniffing K9s.
The reports are clear. Some U.S. diplomats in Cuba say they have come under sonic attack while serving at the embassy in Havana. Officials put the number of individuals at 21, but one official says there have been nearly 50 attacks all told. In addition, new U.S. workers heading to posts on the Caribbean island nation are being warned that they could become victims, as well.
It is that time of year again. Winter has passed and the improving weather that follows means more people and their pets are outside taking advantage of the weather. This is probably bigger news for people in the northern tier states than those in the south, but it's something about which the whole country takes note.
Regular readers of our blog will recall that we have written about the trials and tribulations of those in the nursing community. In one post not too long ago, we took note of how news reports about the high rate of occupational injury among nurses had prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to launch a nationwide inspection of hospital facilities, including those within the Department of Veterans Affairs
Claim denied. A worker does not want to see those words after being hurt on the job. Workers' compensation programs in all states are supposed to be there on a no-fault basis – founded on the principle that injuries happen. When they do, a worker should be given the care necessary to achieve the fullest possible recovery.
Workers' compensation is not meant to be difficult. The premise is simple. A worker, government or private, hurt on the job, is entitled to the medical treatment and time needed to make as full a recovery as possible. You would think that denials would be few and far between, but they are common.
Workers' compensation benefits are a right to which everyone is entitled. Federal workers are no exception, even if the vehicles for delivering those benefits vary from what are available for private sector employees.
Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. That's sort of the nature of accidents. However, if you are a worker, and specifically a federal worker in Texas or anywhere federal employees are employed, risk of injury has a way of increasing.
Considering the size of the federal government, it's fair to ask whether there is any such thing as a small agency or division. It's a rhetorical question. As we noted in our last post on this federal employees' law blog, there is a broad array of programs covering different segments of the government workforce just to deal with compensation when injuries or illness on the job occur.
No one likes to be pigeonholed. This may be particularly true of residents of Texas. Being stuck in a category may leave you feeling stripped of your individuality or reduced to a number. Unfortunately, when it comes to working for an organization as complicated as the federal government, some regimentation becomes necessary.