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VWPerson was signed in when posted
07:32 AM ET (US)
ladycross8- Without doing any type of research as I don't deal with unemployment benefits I would say most likely not. To get SSD you have to show you are totally disabled from doing any type of work. To get unemployment you have to be ready and willing to work and depending on the state you live in have to show that you are actively looking for work. That would be my initial thought without researching and it might also vary by state.
ladycross8Person was signed in when posted
10:59 PM ET (US)
I just want to add,if some are trying to get NALC help with OWCP, IF you haven't asked in awhile, try calling your NBA.Ask if they have a person or new NALC department just for members with OWCP. some districts now have one person (s) to help and represent us against OWCP. I know some feel the NALC isn't any help with OWCP. I can only speak for my district, but they are trying to make up for the lack of training in the past.We may not like the answers we get,but in my area they are trying.Just putting this out there,don't kill the messenger. We all know ya need to be an attorney,and work full time to keep up with all the hoops OWCP puts us through. PEACE
ladycross8Person was signed in when posted
10:49 PM ET (US)
 /m6942 just getting caught up, Thanks for info from all in particular to VW. You answered my question before I asked LOL needed the number 20 CFR 10.506 . Alot of us are going thru requests from the USPS HR as our SRT office (phone work,Lucy) will close on June 9th (finally got a date). Wasn't positive what USPS could ask for,as they are looking for work for the injured in our office for the few left that havent taken detail jobs or found work within their restrictions. The push to find us work has been crazy, 2 one on one meetings with HR and even the POOM came to meet with us. They are making it look so good so wont have another NRP greivance again lol. They just keep going over our CA17 again and again,even had the nerve to ask some IF THEY can't get their restrictions changed so they can find us work! I know I can get OWCP and some Social security disability at same time,but what about unemployment and SSD? V. W.do ya have answer to that? Thanks ahead of time for any info
wondering1Person was signed in when posted
01:22 PM ET (US)
So nice to hear the Pittman case has finally come to a end. That is great news. Hopefully the NRP Sandra McConnell class will update their class site soon. It has been approximately one and a half years since a update on that case. They should have had some new developments with it in such a long amount of time. Has anyone heard any information on McConnell class lately that is not on the class website? Thanks
Edited 05-25-2017 01:25 PM
Chatty KatPerson was signed in when posted
10:11 PM ET (US)
Tommi:6945 :: Thanks! Let's hope and pray that those of us who did get the paperwork in and who qualify, that there are no other setbacks!! I saw it was determined to move forward with May 22, 2017 date! Blessings everyone for good news by mail!!!
Edited 05-23-2017 10:12 PM
TommiPerson was signed in when posted
09:24 PM ET (US)
Woo-Hoo people.
Settlement distribution funds anticipated to be 6-30-2017.
All appeals exhausted.
miss lucyPerson was signed in when posted
02:27 AM ET (US)
Thank you, I will send a certified letter requesting her to submitt her request in writing. I have no problem complying but I do need verfication to whom I'm sending my infomation to. Especially with all the scams out there. My debit visa card was just compromised over the mothers day weekend. Charges made from Vietnam Texas,and los Angeles. Its certainly scary because you can't take for granted that people are who they say they are.
Chatty KatPerson was signed in when posted
07:17 PM ET (US)
Bulldog:6941 :: That is good info to follow up the phone convo with a written certified letter with return receipt. Yes, I did that "always", and to clarity that "if" what I have written is not understood in its entirety, then please follow up after the receipt of the letter. Otherwise, a non-response would represent that i fully understand the phone convo. It just makes sense.

Also, following up with congressman, senators, Federal Secretary of Labor, OWCP Managers & Supervisors, your documentation is GOLD!!! The proof is in all your "documented" communication.

Great info shared. Good luck to each of you in getting these tasks done.
Edited 05-22-2017 07:24 PM
VWPerson was signed in when posted
06:08 PM ET (US)
Miss Lucy: Your employer is allowed to request periodic information regarding your restrictions and your ability to return to employment. You do not have to send a medical report as a CA-17 or OWCP-5c form will suffice. You can find this information in the FECA. FECA states:

20 CFR 10.506 clearly states “The employer may monitor the employee's medical progress and duty status by obtaining periodic medical reports. Form CA-17 is usually adequate for this purpose. To aid in returning an injured employee to suitable employment, the employer may also contact the employee's physician in writing concerning the work limitations imposed by the effects of the injury and possible job assignments. (However, the employer shall not contact the physician by telephone or through personal visit.) When such contact is made, the employer shall send a copy of any such correspondence to OWCP and the employee, as well as a copy of the physician's response when received. The employer may also contact the employee at reasonable intervals to request periodic medical reports addressing his or her ability to return to work."

If she is requesting to know what your restrictions currently are, tell her to send her request to you in writing and you will comply with the request. I am a little intrigued by her statement of she requested the information from OWCP and they are refusing to send her the information. This raises a red flag to me because if they were just requesting to know what your physical restrictions are, OWCP would have no problem sending your employer that information. OWCP usually denied requests from the employer for medical information when they are trying to request information they are not entitled to receive or information OWCP deems is not necessary for your employer to have. OWCP also has to abide by Privacy Act requirements.
Edited 05-22-2017 06:12 PM
BULLDOGPerson was signed in when posted
05:50 PM ET (US)
Miss Lucy: When you asked for her demand to be put in writing, did you send it to her in letter form? If not, send a letter and request her demands be in written form and send it certified, return receipt requested, and keep a copy of your letter for yourself. If you don't receive anything in writing, don't send anything. This letter of your request shows that you are willing to comply, but you need assurance that this isn't a scam, some kind of fraud or hackers trying to get your information. Do you know for certain she was from OWCP? Also keep a record of her calls, time, date and notes about what was discussed. And if she persists without complying to your request reach out to your congressman, senators, and even the Dept. of Labor. Someone will contact OWCP and you'll get answers. Hope this helps. God Bless!
Edited 05-22-2017 05:52 PM
miss lucyPerson was signed in when posted
09:52 AM ET (US)
I have done that, told her the doctor needed something in writing to address their questions and concerns. She said she would look in my file and write something up. Only to call me 2 weeks later as if she still waiting for me to just send in something. Even suggested for me to send in a ca-17. That form is not used for people out on periodic rolls. Then she suggested that I could send in a disability certificate like the one sent last year. That one was used to address an opportunity being offered to those out of work to work in a call center. It's stated totally disabled from work. So she saying I should be sending one every year. I'm just concerned if I don't send something it will trigger a problem where they will get th labor dept stop my pay to get my attention to comply to this request. Does anyone know if this voluntary on my part or policy? If so where it in black and white?
Steve BeerPerson was signed in when posted
05:51 AM ET (US)
miss lucy: I would demand it in writing before I would respond.
miss lucyPerson was signed in when posted
05:32 AM ET (US)
I got a phone call from a nurse at my local headquarters, she stated she works in the medical office and injury compensation dept. She is requesting a yearly updated medical report from me. Stated that owcp, will not send it. I'm on perodic rolls, and never gotten this type of request before. The post office wants to know what are my restrictions? Do I have to send this information? Could this possibly help or hurt my claim if I send my lastest doctor report or not? This is first and I've been out for years. Sounds like a set up. What are your thoughts on this?
Steve BeerPerson was signed in when posted
06:29 PM ET (US)
It's becoming more and more evident. As I've said before. The almighty PO answers to no one!!
Lympe1Person was signed in when posted
10:08 AM ET (US)
It seems although they claim to have ended the NRP they are still doing the same thing.

I left work and went to the ED. in 2015. With the CA2 I sent the ED diagnosis and CT scan. I sent my Doctor notes from visits continuing to keep me out of work. I also sent a medical narrative and my own to tie it up. This denial claimed ED note saying I couldn't work (no note of his diagnosis or CT scan results) and named all the old paperwork and job assignments I had sent to prove that I was on modified duty for years due to my prior accepted injury. It claimed I sent no diagnosis, no medical for that time period at all.

I had been released back to work after 6 months by my Dr. to old restrictions on a CA17 with old accepted injury number. Was told no job for me anymore. Out of desperation I filled out a CA2A for the job withdrawal for the time period I was released back till this year under my old accepted injury. That was denied as not proving I was on restrictions on a continual basis since that injury as I sent "no" info. Which I did.

I now have my letter of removal from service with the reason being my permanent medical restrictions due to a non work related injury.

My Doctor has never claimed I reached MMI. Apparently the MDO at my facility has received a Doctorate while I have been out. Maybe I can use his determination and send that to OWCP with my appeal.LOL The PO actually claimed I haven't been on restrictions for years in one of their responses to OWCP so his diagnosis is even more impressive.

Union is hopeless in getting that this is not right. I do plan on sending an appeal to OWCP but am trying to improve my medical first as I didn't get the luxury of finding out what they would find wrong the first time. They merely claimed not to receive anything. I also am in the process of getting an OPM retirement going. My restrictions are very lenient so I may have a hard time. Coming up with the hefty retainer for an atty. after 2 years of no pay is not working too well either.
Edited 05-13-2017 10:11 AM
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
09:33 PM ET (US)
Why was your claim denied? Did you apply for disability retirement? You have one year from separation to apply but I wouldn't wait.
notwaitingaroundPerson was signed in when posted
04:54 PM ET (US)
#6933 any legal action you take is your responsibility. Most, if not all of us do not have any money because of NRP and what it did to us.
Lympe1Person was signed in when posted
12:32 PM ET (US)
I was interviewed during 2010 and ended up having my Dr. take me off restrictions. Filed recurrence in 2011 for new restrictions and have been on them since though job offer has changed numerous times. New CA2 filed 2015 for same body part. Dr. returned me to same restrictions with accepted injury number before this absence after 5 months. Told by Employer no work for me. CA2 was denied so have received no pay in over 2 yrs. OWCP will not pay me. Do I have an EEO for disability discrimination or is this automatically lumped with the class action? I think I have no choice but to find atty. at this point. I have already withdrew all of my contributions to tsp. Sent letter recently from Employer stating I was being separated for perm. disability that they cannot accommodate. At this point am I eligible to withdraw a portion of agency contributions for atty. retainer to fight OWCP and file for D.R. as I have no money to use otherwise?
Edited 05-04-2017 06:27 AM
MetooPerson was signed in when posted
07:22 AM ET (US)
I too was awarded my job back thru arbitration in 2010.. needless to say I never got my job back...
notwaitingaroundPerson was signed in when posted
07:49 PM ET (US)
Just so everyone understands, arbitration doesn't mean anything nor does it explain anything. When I was NRP'ed in 2010 I of course fought it with the NALC. I understand that there was a bigger picture with this happening nationally. Regardless, I filed with the NALC and it went to arbitration. After 2 years, the arbitration person (don't know what qualified him) awarded me my job back. Yes, that's right he ordered me to return to work. I went back to my place of employment only to be barred from entering the building. The postmaster said there was no work available. He went on to say that he didn't care who told me to come back but if I did they would have me escorted off the property. I did everything I could do including contacting the NALC, local TV stations, congressmen and finally I wrote the arbitrator twice. Well, we all know my efforts were fruitless. I have been gone for 7 years now and don't hold out hope on any of us even remotely being compensated.
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