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Blog Posts in February, 2013

  • How Long Should An Application for Federal Disability Retirement Take?

    As a federal employee attorney, I am often asked why an application for FERS disability retirement can take so long for OPM to process. This is not a simple question to answer. The nicest way to put it is that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is a bureaucracy and like all bureaucracies the wheels of justice move very slowly. OPM is certainly no exception to this rule, especially when it ...
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  • Federal Disability Retirement and SSDI or Social Security Case Law Changes

    A recent decision issued by a Federal Court on January 18, 2013 represents positive news for FERS Disability Retirement annuitants who are receiving or have been receiving SSDI benefits at the same time, and have gone on to earn additional income. Earning money can cause you to lose your social security benefits if you exceed the allowable income ceiling. When an employee no longer receives SSDI ...
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  • Federal Workers Claiming Their Employer Failed to Make a Reasonable Accommodation Must Have Requested One

    The failure of an employer to make a reasonable accommodation is a form of prohibited discrimination under the Rehabilitation Act. But a federal worker must have requested an accommodation for an employer’s duty to accommodate to take effect, a recent court case states. The case in question was Rick Gillette v. Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General, U.S. Postal Service , which was heard in the ...
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