The workers compensation laws are intended to ensure that employees who are injured or disabled on the job receive fixed cash payment, without filing a lawsuit. These laws also provide benefits to dependents of workers who die due to accidents or work-related diseases. Some laws also protect employers and fellow workers by limiting the amount an injured employee can recover from an employer and by eliminating the liability of co-workers in most accidents. State workers’ compensation laws established by these provisions for most jobs.
The Federal Employees Compensation Act (Federal Employment Compensation Act) provides workers’ compensation to non-military federal employees. The compensation is only granted disability or death caused while the employee is performing their tasks, but not if it was deliberately caused by the employee or while he was intoxicated. The law covers medical expenses caused by the disability and may require the employee to be re-trained for the job. A disabled employee receives two thirds of its normal monthly salary during the period of disability and may receive a larger sum should you suffer permanent physical injury or have dependents. The law provides compensation to surviving family members of employees who die. The Office of Workers ‘Compensation Programs (Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs ) is responsible for implementing this law.
Although it is not a workers’ compensation law, the Federal Accountability Act Employers (Federal Employment Liability Act) provides that railway companies doing interstate business are responsible for injuries suffered by your employees, if any negligence on the part of these.
Similarly, the Merchant Shipping Act, also known as the Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act or Jones Act), gives maritime workers protection from employer negligence.
Congress passed the Workers ‘Compensation Insurance Maritime and Port (Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act) to provide compensation to certain employees of private maritime employers. The Office of Workers Compensation Programs is responsible for enforcing this law.
The Benefits Law Pneumoconiosis (Black Lung Benefits Act) provides compensation for miners suffering from the disease of “black lung” (pneumoconiosis). The law requires mine operators responsible take charge of disability payments and create a fund, administered by the Secretary of Labor, which provides disability payments when they know who the operator of the mine or if it cannot pay . The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs regulates the application of this law.