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Kickback Conspirators Plead Guilty in Federal Workers Compensation Case

Federal Workers Compensation Kickback Conspirators Plead Guilty

Source: By WorkersCompensation.com - http://www.workerscompensation.com/compnewsnetwork/news/23637-federal-workers-compensation-kickback-conspirators-plead-guilty.html

Two Tampa residents recently plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and kickbacks for federal workers compensation patients. Each party faces a maximum of five years in federal prison for a referral conspiracy that exceeded $1 million in kickbacks. This includes approximately a quarter million dollars paid to the daughter of one of the conspirators for a "no-show, part time marketing job".

Postal Worker Union Negotiates New Health Benefits for PSEs

Postal Worker Union President Mark Dimondstein recently announced a new plan that will allow Postal Support Employees (PSEs) to apply for health insurance during their first year of employment. Previously, PSEs had to wait until after their first year to sign up for health insurance.

The change came as a result of negotiations between union heads and the USPS and will go into effect on May 16, 2016. There will be a special enrollment window that will be open from May 16 to June 30 of this year. Coverage under the new plan will be effective as of July 9, 2016.

“This benefit is a step forward, especially for those who need self-only coverage... This stop-gap measure will improve conditions for PSEs who need insurance for their first year... This benefit applies to all PSEs, regardless of the number of hours they work,” - President Mark Dimondstein

Read more at http://www.apwu.org/news/web-news-article/union-negotiates-new-health-benefit-pses

US Department of Labor (DOL) Approves Petition by Laid-Off Naranda Workers

MISSOURI - Many of the employees that formerly worked for Naranda may now be eligible for compensation benefits because of a new decision made by the United States Department of Labor, or DOL. The new decision made by the US-DOL gives approval for a Trade Adjustment Assistance petition to provide benefits to more than 800 workers that were impacted by the closure of the Noranda Aluminum facility.

The recent approval by the US-DOL means that the recently unemployed workers can receive benefits such as training, tax credits, financial benefits, job search assistance, and relocation help.

"In addition to the TAA Program, DED, along with partnering agencies, is deploying a number of crucial resources including funds to offset utilities, housing, job placement and training and tuition for workers, as well as incentivizing other area businesses to hire affected workers by offsetting the cost to onboard and train new employees through On-the-Job Training."

Read more about this developing story at this article's source: http://www.kfvs12.com/story/31614201/department-of-labor-approves-petition-providing-benefits-for-laid-off-noranda-workers

Federal Workers Compensation Benefits Budget Proposal

President Obama recently released his proposed federal budget for the 2017 Fiscal Year. The newly proposed budget suggests an increase in federal employees compensation by 1.6%. It also includes, among other items, a substantial amount of monies dedicated to cybersecurity measures and a $10 a barrel tax on crude oil.

Equally deserving of attention is the the part of the budget that affects federal workers. It is worth noting that every proposed budget during Obama's presidency has had a motion by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) to drastically reduce federal workers' compensation benefits. These federal workers' compensation benefits that are seemingly under attack are the same federal workers compensation benefits afforded to government employees by the Federal Employee Compensation Act (FECA)

"Though I understand the goal of reducing expenses, injured federal workers should not be the ones to bear the brunt of such legislation. Remember, these individuals are our postal workers, firefighters, federal law enforcement officials and others who have suffered from debilitating injuries and illnesses while working in public service." - FedSmith

Read more about the proposed budget cuts for DOL and federal workers compensation at this article's source: http://www.fedsmith.com/2016/03/10/recent-budget-proposal-omitted-cut-to-federal-workers-compensation-benefits/

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