Compensation for Federal Employee Injuries:

It's Time To Rethink the Rules

HRD-79-78: Published: Aug 22, 1979. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 1979.

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Over the years, the Department of Labor's decisions have provided an expansive interpretation of what constitutes a compensable injury under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act. When an employee of the Federal Government is injured or killed on the job, the worker or survivors are entitled to benefits. The criteria for determining compensable injuries are not always clear. Uncertainties are developing over how far the Government's liability should extend.

Increased costs are caused by increased employee salaries, increasing costs of medical care, and inflation. Another basic cause is the expanding concept of a compensable injury. Broad definitions, inadequate guidelines on the work relatedness of diseases, and uncertainty about the causes of many diseases have expanded program coverage.

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    Department of Labor
    GAO-19-395SP: Published: Apr 3, 2019. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2019.

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