Following a traumatic injury, one of the first concerns for an injured employee and their family is compensation. The Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) has a provision known as Continuation of Pay (COP) which requires that the employing agency must continue the injured employee's regular pay during any period of work-related disability, up to a maximum of 45 calendar days. The agency, not OWCP, pays COP. Unlike wage loss benefits, COP is subject to taxes and all other payroll deductions that are made from regular income.
The agency must continue the pay of an injured employee, who is eligible for COP, and may not require the employee to use his or her own sick or annual leave, unless special provisions apply. However, while continuing the employee's pay, the employer may controvert the employee's COP entitlement pending a final determination by OWCP. OWCP has the exclusive authority to determine questions of entitlement and all other issues relating to COP.
When an injured federal employee files a workers’ compensation claim for hearing loss, it is common to find challenges when submitting information to the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP). Injured employees experiencing hearing loss often prematurely file the claim before establishing the extent and nature of their hearing loss. OWCP requires extensive testing results to rule out any other causes and ensure accurate testing. This article will discuss key questions and information to review with your treating physician when gathering medical evidence in support of your claim.
Contrary to rumors that have been circulating recently, no settlement monies have been received or disbursed. It is estimated by the law firm that handled the case, that it could be several more weeks before funds are received.
As soon as funds are received they will be promptly distributed. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Due to recent national events specifically targeting law enforcement and two highly suspicious incidents involving Border Patrol agents, the National Border Patrol Council encourages all agents to exercise extreme caution while performing enforcement operations. Criminal groups are surveilling and deliberately ambushing law enforcement officers for no other reason than they wear a uniform and badge.
Please remember to be aware of your surroundings at all time, have a reliable back-up to Agency issued communications, and work with back-up when feasible. We encourage all agents to wear their body armor while on-duty and check out supplemental lethal and non-lethal weapons platforms in order to defend themselves.
Be prepared to act, if necessary, to defend your life or the lives of others.