Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Should government employees "too old to work" receive workman's comp?

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) wants to stop federal workers well into retirement age from receiving workman’s comp.  Over 1000 such workers of the Postal Service over 80 have been identified, including 132 over 90, and one who is 98.  The "complaint" is that such individuals have no intention of returning to work. 

Collins says that this “abuse” or “cheating of the system” may be widespread in other federal agencies.
Arguably, however, older ex-employees who were force out early due to injury would still be entitled to the retirement income that they would have earned.

The link for the “Federal Diary” story by Joe Davidson on p B3 of The Washington Post on Jan. 18 is here

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