Compared to state compensation laws, which are used in cases involving the majority of employment positions, federal compensation laws utilize some different regulatory agencies, changing the process notably. Generally speaking, the primary difference between federal workers’ compensation and state workers’ compensation laws is the uniformity of each and the types of employees that can use these systems. While state laws differ from state to state, federal compensation standards can apply nation-wide for federal employees.
The federal compensation structure runs off the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act and, subsequently, the substructures of the Department of Labor. As employees working for the federal government do not necessarily benefit from their state employment and compensation laws, there must be a system that can adequately protect the rights and benefits of federal employees across the country. Specifically, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs serves federal employees in terms of filing for their proper benefits.
For federal employees, compensation does not particularly vary in what protection the federal government will provide if an employee is injured. The federal system works similarly to the state systems when it comes to offering an employee compensation for time lost due to an injury, medical bills, and additional measures necessary to protect an injured worker’s finances during their recovery. Federal programs may also be available for physical or rehabilitative therapy if this treatment method is needed.
In order to appeal denials, federal employees are provided with services under the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board, which can help employees challenge denials in a similar manner to state administrative courts. If the case is successfully appealed or if the original claim is accepted, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs will charge the claim back to the employee’s specific agency.
For more information regarding the difference between federal and state compensation programs, contact a workers’ compensation attorney.