The U.S. Department of Labor has recently proposed changes that would reduce
workers’ compensation for federal employees. The proposed changes
- which are creating a rift among political parties - were prompted by
the concerns of some who believe that workers’ comp benefits are
“too generous” and that they can discourage employees from
returning to work.
Here are some details about the push for reductions:
- Officials from the Labor Department have stated that the proposed changes
to the Federal Employees Compensation Act would help save money - although
it comes at the price of cutting future payments to many workers who are
injured on the job. It is the third time in the past five years that the
Department of Labor has proposed cutbacks to worker’s comp benefits.
- Under current law, compensation for injured workers with no dependents
is 2/3 of their normal wages and 75% for workers with dependents (which
make up about 64% of workers’ comp recipients). The proposed change
would make the rate 70% for all employees.
- Those who oppose the change have stated that the proposal does not supply
evidence as to how workers’ compensation - which is designed to
help workers as they recover from work-related injuries - discourages
workers from returning to their jobs. In fact, more than 90% of injured
workers return to work within two years.
At Shook & Stone, we have helped many clients secure
workers’ compensation benefits after they were injured on the job. Our attorneys know first-hand
how important these benefits are to workers and their families, and that
reducing benefits hurts workers in a number of ways. This includes not
only reduced income and less time to recover, but also the added financial
and emotional frustration of dealing with bureaucracy. Your can read more
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If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, our legal team
is available to help you learn more about workers’ compensation
and how we may be able to help you secure the benefits you need. To discuss
your case during a free consultation,
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