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28841
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
09-16-2014
12:26 PM ET (US)
Kilcat.
I would hire an attorney. If you were receiving workers compensation and were caught breaking your medical restrictions...they could look at that as an intervening incident....it all depends on your circumstances. Hire someone who knows OWCP inside and out. What did the proposed termination letter say? Have you updated your medical within the last year with well rationalized narrative? SECOP could be considered stale if you have new info/documentation. You also need YOUR doctor to respond to this ASAP, refuting the /SECOP opinion wherever possible.
Edited 09-16-2014 12:30 PM
28840
Kilacat
09-16-2014
11:59 AM ET (US)
I received a Proposed termination based on a Frederick Close MD viewing of a video two years old, the problem is I have a progressive spinal cord injury that is worse now than it was then. Do any of you know anything about this. This Second Opinion is a year old.
28839
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
09-15-2014
09:18 PM ET (US)
kenston12-
No what I cited was from USPS sources not OWCP.
28838
Stephen
09-15-2014
07:46 PM ET (US)
/m28837 "it appears that union (NALC) has done it's brothers and Sister a disservice". Unfortunately for the membership, this is a recurring theme which has and is causing harm and dissension.
28837
Ed Daniel
09-15-2014
01:28 PM ET (US)
Snowed: If this is the rules according to NALC, it appears that union has done it's brothers and Sister a disservice. But, you get what you pay for.
28836
kenston12Person was signed in when posted
09-15-2014
10:13 AM ET (US)
Regarding leave buy back, Snowed is going on what OWCP states; however, I submitted my CA-7 and I was able to buy back a portion of used leave. Regarding life insurance, check with USAA and Metlife. Rates depend on your age and health condition, of course.
28835
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
09-15-2014
01:09 AM ET (US)
"If you missed work prior to your claim being accepted due to your work related condition, you may be
entitled to “Leave Buy Back.” An employee who suffers a compensable job related injury that
necessitates an absence from work may use annual and/or sick leave to avoid an interruption of pay
while awaiting adjudication of your claim. You can no longer buy back leave after your claim has been
accepted." http://www.nalc-branch78.org/pdf/injury/ho...or-compensation.pdf

Not sure why the discrepancy and I don't have time to do research.
28834
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
09-15-2014
01:03 AM ET (US)
And an argument against my assumed interpretation: https://www.apwu.org/sites/apwu/files/reso...isputeinitiated.pdf
28833
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
09-15-2014
12:59 AM ET (US)
Ed Daniel-
I don't know about other federal employees but the USPS ELM states:

"512.923 Leave Buy–Back — OWCP

The following provisions concern leave buy–back:
Under the provisions of the Injury Compensation Program, current employees may be permitted to buy back sick and annual leave they used while awaiting adjudication of their cases by OWCP. In traumatic injury cases, employees may be permitted to buy back only the leave that is used after the end of the 45–day continuation–of–pay period.
When the employee buys back annual leave for a previous year that exceeds the applicable maximum (see 512.32), the excessive leave is automatically forfeited. Employees are allowed to buy back only those hours that can be carried forward.
Some loss of leave may occur when the period of absence is changed to an LWOP status as a result of leave buy–back. For every 80 hours of paid leave bought back and changed to LWOP, both annual and sick leave are adjusted by the amount earned in 1 pay period. The employee must be informed of this so there will be no misunderstanding."
28832
grandmother
09-14-2014
08:55 PM ET (US)
Does anyone know where I can get life insurance at a good rate. I had a policy for my husband and myself for years with cigna and they terminated my policy with letting me know.
28831
Ed Daniel
09-14-2014
02:02 PM ET (US)
Snowed:In your post #28828, you state "You cannot buy back leave after your claim is accepted..." I don't believe as a general statement of fact, I don't believe it is completely true. I know of no OWCP regulation that prevents an IW from processing a leave buy-back (LBB) after the claim have been accepted. The LBB is an agreement between the IW and the employing agency. The agency may or may not have regulations concerning the LBB process.
28830
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
09-12-2014
09:47 PM ET (US)
Camryn211-
If you were separated you would get a check for all your A/L lump sum and this does not offset with WC. The SSD is good news so far.
28829
camryn211
09-12-2014
02:23 PM ET (US)
Thanks Snowed…I don't have to use my leave the only reason i was going to use it was because I thought i was separated …Would it be wise for me to call HR in my district and ask why
do they still have me listed as an employee because according to the letter they sent me I was suppose to be separated as of 8/8/14 ? Or should I not do anything…I really want to file
for DR…I just got a letter from social security disability saying Im approved for the medical part, now they are making a decision to see if Im approved for the non medical ..I will get a
letter soon on the decision…So I have three things going on… I am applying for OPM DR.. Im waiting on my Appeal with WC…and the final decision from SSD…hopefully one will come
through soon… Having no income sucks…What are your thoughts?
28828
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
09-12-2014
02:15 AM ET (US)
camryn211-
You could use your leave but you will lose out in the end. You cannot buy back leave after your claim is accepted but if you have to do it. it would be best to take it beginning when your comp was terminated. This way if you eventually end up taking DR, DR begins the last day of pay status(Including worker's comp), you won't lose out on a block of time.

If you apply for DR before you are separated, this can put the planned separation into suspension with the USPS. I applied before I was separated. I just needed to cut ties. That decision is up to you.
28827
camryn211
09-11-2014
05:25 PM ET (US)
Hey Snowed, I received a letter in July saying I would be Separated on Aug 8th…and I had a year to file for D.R…Well they keep sending me pay stubs.. and I have annual leave left…
Well I called Shared Services today to see if I could get paid for my annual leave since Im separated… They said Im not separated.. In their files Im still an employee…I already started on my D.R.
I gave my Doctor the forms to fill out…So what should I do ? should I still apply for D.R. ? remember my Work Comp case is being appealed because they terminated my comp because they
said my doctors narrative was late and my paper work on why I refused Job offer……was wondering can I use my annual while Im waiting on my appeal…Can I get some input on what I should do please ???
Thanks...
28826
mailladypostladyPerson was signed in when posted
09-11-2014
10:18 AM ET (US)
thanks Snowed! Will do!!
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