Workers' Compensation

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Federal employees have the right to a workplace free from recognized hazards [29 CFR 1960.8(a)]. When employees get hurt or become ill as a result of their job exposures, they are entitled to workers' compensation benefits, including medical care, wage loss replacement, and vocational rehabilitation, among others. Federal employees also have responsibilities—reporting injuries and illnesses, filing claims for compensation in a timely manner, and returning to work when medically cleared. These rights and responsibilities are not always communicated to employees, and if they are, the information may be inaccurate or misguided. Sometimes employees are denied the right to file, transmittal of their claims is delayed, claims are controverted, and employees are forced to return to work too soon for fear of losing their jobs. AFGE has developed training on the federal workers’ compensation program that is offered both in a classroom setting and online. The training provides an overview of the claims process, the benefits injured workers may receive, and the appeals process.

Training & Education

Check out the Webinar Instructor-led Trainings at

Workers’ Compensation for Federal Employees (AFGE – Field Services and Education Packet)

Compensation Claim Forms

CA -1: Federal Employee's Notice of Traumatic Injury and Claim for Continuation of Pay/Compensation

CA-2: Notice of Occupational Disease and Claim for Compensation

CA-2a: Notice of Recurrence

CA-7: Claim for Compensation

CA-7a: Time Analysis Form

CA-7b: Leave Buy Back (LBB) Worksheet/Certification and Election

CA-16: Authorization for Examination And/Or Treatment

CA-17: Duty Status Report

CA-20: Attending Physician's Report

CA-35: Evidence Required in Support of a Claim for Occupational Disease

OWCP Resources

AFGE Booklets