Workers’ Compensation Benefits Provided Under FECA
When a federal or postal employee is injured on the job, the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) covers the cost of federal workers’ compensation benefits such as medical care, lost wages for the partially or totally disabled, compensation for the permanent loss of use of a body part, and vocational rehabilitation. FECA also provides survivors benefits to eligible dependents if an employee dies.
These benefits are handled by the Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) and administered by the Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation (DFEC) from 12 district offices. Federal employee compensation benefits are paid until the employee can return to work.
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Who Is Eligible For Federal Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Frequently, federal employees are concerned about any restrictions to obtaining FECA benefits. The following section describes who is eligible for federal workers’ compensation benefits.
Length of employment: All federal employees are eligible for FECA coverage as soon as they are hired. There is no minimum period of employment to qualify for federal workers’ compensation benefits.
Employee classification: Benefits are available to all employees, whether they are temporary, part-time or full-time workers.
Dependent benefits: In the event of an employee’s death, eligible dependents are entitled to receive benefits, including:
- Husbands or wives who either live with the employee or receive support from the employee via court order or mutual agreement.
- Children under the age of 18 who are not married and who lives with the employee or receives regular support from the employee.
- Children older than 18 who are unable to support themselves because of a physical or mental disability.
- Children between the ages of 18 and 23 who are unmarried full-time students, but have not completed a four-year program in a college or university.
- Parents who are completely dependent on the federal employee.
Special volunteers: Certain federal volunteers are also eligible to receive FECA workers’ compensation benefits, such as those volunteering for Vista or the Peace Corp, federal petit or grand jurors, or Civil Air Patrol volunteers. Reserve Officer Training Cadets, Job Corps Cadets, Neighborhood Youth Corps and Youth Conservation Corps enrollees are also covered.
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