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Please be aware employees who contract COVID-19 at work should file an OWCP claim (CA-1).
APWU bargaining unit employees who contract COVID-19 at work are entitled to workers' compensation under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA). This letter will give you basic information on filing a workers’ compensation claim when you contract COVID-19 at work.
The bulletin identifies certain federal employees as high-risk employees because they come into direct and frequent in-person and close proximity contact with the public:
• Federal employees who are required to have in-person and close proximity interactions with the public on a frequent basis.
• members of law enforcement
• first responders
• front-line medical and public health personnel
Being designated as high risk triggers an implicit assumption of COVID-19 infection related to the job. OWCP will accept that the exposure to COVID-19 in high risk employment was proximately caused by the nature of the employment. Postal workers are not automatically deemed as high risk. While postal employees are not specifically identified as high-risk employees, our work can involve direct and frequent in-person and close proximity contact with the public.
To qualify for coverage under the FECA, USPS employees filing claims for COVID-19 will need to prove that their postal work caused them to contract COVID-19. Demonstrating a high-risk of exposure supports such a claim.
The DOL Bulletin specifically states "The new procedures will also call the adjudicator's attention to the type of employment held by the employee, rather than burdening the employee with identifying the exact day or time they contracted the novel coronavirus."
This is important information especially for those USPS employees who work directly and closely with the public.
For previously forwarded APWU COVID-19 updates, MOUs, Q&As, Commitments,Agreements,visit/follow: https://apwu.org/coronavirus and https://liteblue.usps.gov/liteblue/covid19/welcome.htm
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This edition of the APWU/USPS National Agreement is published unilaterally by the APWU to provide a reference for our members to use while the APWU and the USPS jointly develop the official version of the National Agreement
Memorandum of Understanding a list of twenty-two (22) items enumerated in Article 30, of the CBA
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