Episode 10 Federal Workers Compensation Coffee Break Podcast: DOL – OWCP Form CA7a & Form CA7b
Federal Workers Comp Coffee Break
Episode 8 Federal Workers Compensation Coffee Break Podcast – DOL Form CA-2A – RecurrenceFederal Workers Compensation Coffee Break Podcast is about all things related to Federal Workers Compensation, FECA, OWCP, DOL & Longshore claim filing as an injured federal worker. The podcast is an educational and informative training on how to navigate the DOL, OWCP claims filing process for all types of injured US government and federal workers. The podcaster has 27 years in assisting with federal workers compensation as a consultant and trainer. The podcast is free and is educational. If you need help with anything related to a federal workers compensation claim…help is just a cup of coffee away.
This is part two of a two part DOL – OWCP injured worker compensation scenarios that include leave buy back, time off of work, time off for medical appointments during a shift, scheduled awards, adjudication, benefit types and wage loss. There are three versions of the DOL form CA-7. We will review all three with most of the emphasize on the Form CA-7a and CA7b.
First the CA-7a = Time Analysis form:
•Supplements Form CA-7 when disability/time loss from work is intermittent or for partial days.
•Allows for individual hours to be claimed on specific days in a claimed period, rather than full days.
•Is used to document and claim time lost due to OWCP related medical appointments and treatments.
•Compensation payments for medical appointments must be supported by attendance records or medical evidence in file.
DOL – OWCP Form CA-7 B — Leave Buy Back (LBB) Worksheet/Certification and Election
•Leave Buy Back: When an Injured Worker elects to use accrued sick or annual leave during a period of disability, he or she may later, with the concurrence of your Employer Agency, claim compensation for the period of disability and “buy back” the leave used…. this can be found in DFEC procedure manual and in the federal registry at (20 C.F.R. § 10.425). The FECA does not govern whether a claimant may or may not buy back leave from an EA, and any decision by EA to disallow leave buy back is not a decision of OWCP over which the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board may exercise jurisdiction. So I direct you to HR and your employee contract agreement.
Leave Buy Back (LBB):
•Employing Agency and Injured Worker must complete Form CA-7b. Form CA-7b provides an estimate of the cost to the you the injured worker to reinstate the used leave.
•Your District Office makes the determination on whether or not the medical evidence is sufficient to support all of the hours claimed.
•If there is medical evidence for all hours claimed but Employing Agency’s estimate of FECA entitlement is off by more than 10 percent, then the claims examiner will advise you and ask if he/she wishes to continue with the leave repurchase.
•OWCP makes payment directly to Employing Agency the (address is provided on Form CA-7b).
CA-7b = Leave Buy Back (LBB) Worksheet:
•Form CA-7b is an Leave Buy Back worksheet which is completed by Employing Agency and it provides the Injured Worker with an estimate of the cost to restore any sick/annual leave used as a result of the work injury.
•Section III of Form CA-7b provides injured workers with an election to pursue the Leave Buy Back based on EA’s estimate.
Calculating Compensation – Pay Rate
•Pay rate for compensation is based upon:
•Date of injury;
•Date that disability began; or
•Date of recurrence, when disability recurs at least 6 months after return to regular full time employment
The elements of pay that are included and excluded in computing an employee’s pay rate.
DOL – OWCP form CA-7 link: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/owcp/regs/compliance/ca-7.pdf
DOL – OWCP form CA-7a link: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/owcp/regs/compliance/ca-7a.pdf
DOL – OWCP form CA-7b link: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/owcp/regs/compliance/ca-7a.pdf
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