nExpands vocational rehabilitation to
all eligible claimants; not just those permanently disabled.
nWhere appropriate, creates a return to
work plan within 6 months of injury; encourages earlier involvement critical to returning injured employees to
nIncreases employer incentives to hire FECA claimants
–Expanding OWCP authority to reimburse
Federal agencies who hire previously injured workers; FECA currently allows
reimbursement to private employers.
–If an employee suffers a recurrence of
the original injury, it will notbe charged back to the new employing
agency during 3 year assisted reemployment period, removes disincentive to hire that worker.