Disabled fed workers' comp better than retirement

Would you rather receive up to 75 percent of your salary tax free for the rest of your life as workers' compensation or up to 60 percent of your salary as your retirement.

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This is the "tough" choice facing federal employees injured on the job. Under a nearly century-old law, 132 postal employees 90 or over continue to receive workers' compensation.  Even though they are way past their working years when they should be compensated for missing their paychecks, thanks to a work-related injury.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has proposed legislation that would transfer such workers from the federal workers' comp program to the retirement program, when they are old enough to retire.

The full Washington Times story is here.

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