The year 1974 saw two major amendments to the Federal Employee Compensation Act. The first major change, as previously discussed, was the right for all injured federal employees to choose their own doctor. The second amendment, which we will briefly discuss below, was the right for injured federal employees to receive continuation of pay. Prior to 1974, injured federal workers had to endure long delays in paperwork before receiving their back pay. Many of the injured federal workers would succumb to financial hardships during these delays. Some would end up losing their homes and going completely bankrupt. Many suspected that the long delays in paperwork were intentional and were used as a way to force the injured worker back to work before his or her injury was properly cared for. Now injured federal employees are able to to receive continuation of pay the first 45 calendar days following their work injury.
Read more about Continuation of Pay (COP) for injured federal workers at http://www.fedsmith.com/2012/01/25/days-free-leave-cop-continuation-pay/.