APWU: Expect More Attacks on Injured Postal, Federal Workers

Over the last decade, attacks on injured federal employees and postal workers, led primarily by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) [postalreporter.com added link] , have been relentless. But she isn’t the only one who has tried to dismantle the comprehensive coverage provided by the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA). Over the years, proponents of cuts have […]

APWU: USPS OIG ‘often employ questionable tactics’ in Workers Comp Fraud Investigations

Workers Comp Fraud Investigations Special agents of the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General (OIG) are contracted to “safeguard postal revenue” and are supposed to “operate with integrity, be a model of ethical behavior, and treat people in a fair and respectful manner.” When it comes to workers compensation fraud, however, these law enforcement […]

USPS OIG: Curbing Workers’ Comp Abuses

Disability programs are vital for a nation that supports its citizens. In the United States, federal employees, including postal workers, who suffer employment-related injury or illness are entitled to workers’ compensation under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). The U.S. Postal Service funds workers’ compensation benefits for employees who sustain job-related injuries. In fiscal year […]

Family members of USPS workers comp employees may be affected by data breach

12.18.14 The Mail Handlers Union reported: In a new development on the earlier data breach at the Postal Service, USPS has now sent individual letters to another group of employees who may have had personal information compromised. USPS informed us that a large number of Workers Compensation records were “possibly” compromised, in some cases including […]

Maryland Postal Worker Indicted For Workers Compensation Fraud

(October 8, 2014 Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted Larosa Bolton, age 53, of Laurel, Maryland, today on charges of theft of government property and making false claims in connecting with fraudulent claims for medical travel expenses. The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. […]

Postal Worker stole mail, owned business selling bootlegged DVDs while on workers comp

A U.S. Postal Service worker from Bellmawr allegedly stole mail and ran an unincorporated business that sold bootlegged DVDs, authorities say. David Lodi, 55, also failed to report earning income from his business while he collected workers compensation for an alleged injury, according to federal court documents. Lodi pleaded guilty to making false statements, theft […]

USPS ELM Revision: Injury Compensation Program – Effective June 26, 2014

Effective June 26, 2014, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) subchap­ter 5, due to the following:  In January 2013, the Department of Labor/Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (DOL/OWCP) updated its website that included injury compensa­tion basic forms which are required to record and report a work-related injury.  ELM section […]

Editorial: Postal Employees face multiple workplace health hazards not covered by media

This is an old editorial posted on PostalReporter.com several years ago but it is still relevant today as it pertains to Postal Clerks–and postal workers in general. In an article last year from the Federal Times, it stated that Postal work is the most dangerous among federal civilian jobs On June 29, 62-year-old letter carrier […]

USPS wins appeal of court decision granting APWU request to throw out arbitration award

In 2013 the United States District Court granted  APWU’s motion to vacate an arbitration award regarding the elimination of a injured on duty postal clerk’s position. APWU argued that the Arbitrator had exceeded his powers under relevant agreement by applying the doctrine of collateral estoppel against union .  USPS appealed the 2013 judgment  of the […]

Southern California Postal worker charged with workers’ compensation fraud

BANNING, Calif. – Jackie Sebastian, 60, from San Jacinto was arrested by Department of Insurance detectives May 22, 2014. Sebastian, a Postal Service Mail Processing Clerk, is facing felony insurance fraud and grand theft charges for submitting 249 false claims for mileage reimbursements associated with an allegedly fraudulent workers’ compensation claim. “Some individuals are under […]