CSRS & FERS Disability Disability Retirement: OWCP & the Postal Service

Last Updated on August 27, 2009 by Federal Disability Lawyer

For many years, being on Worker’s Comp when injured while working for the Postal Service, worked fairly well. The Postal Service, in conjunction with, and in coordination, would offer an acceptable “modified position”, delineating the physical restrictions and medical limitations based upon the treating doctor’s clinical assessment, or in accordance with the OWCP-appointed doctor. The Postal employee would then work in that “modified position”, and so long as the Postal Supervisor or Postmaster was reasonable (which was not and is not always the case), the coordinated efforts between OWCP, the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal employee would result in years of “quiet truce”, with the tug and pull occurring in some of the details of what “intermittent” means, or whether “2 hours of standing” meant two hours continuously, or something else – and multiple other issues to be fought for, against, and somehow resolved. 

The rules of the game, however, have radically changed with the aggressive National Reassessment Program, instituted in the last few years in incremental stages, nationwide. Now, people are summarily sent home and told that “no work is available”. Postal Workers are systematically told that the previously-designated modified positions are no longer available — that a worker must be fully able to perform all of the essential elements of his or her job. This last point, of course, is what I have been arguing for many, many years — that the so-called “modified job” was and is not a permanent position, and is therefore not a legal accommodation under the laws governing Federal Disability Retirement for FERS & CSRS employees. After so many years of having the Post Office and the Office of Personnel Management argue that such a “modified job” is an accommodation, it is good to see that the truth has finally come out.


Robert R. McGill, Esquire

One thought on “CSRS & FERS Disability Disability Retirement: OWCP & the Postal Service

  1. I have several on the job Injurys I have an exiting MSPB case which my representative told me to cancel it because I would not receive any compensation please if you can Inform me if I did the correct thing because the post office gave me a job offer but it did not meet my medical restrictions its the same job with a different name I did before and I recevied all my Injurys
    and the post office lied to OWCP that it was a modified job offer when it was not only the title changed please if you can contact me to further discuss my Issue.
    Thank You
    Ana Reina

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