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Who qualifies for government workers' compensation?

While all employees in California are entitled to workers' compensation benefits in the event of them suffering occupational injuries or diseases, some may be unsure of from whom to claim those benefits. While private companies must carry insurance to cover the expenses of their injured workers, the claims procedures to follow for government workers' compensation benefits are different. The Federal Employee's Compensation Act (FECA) covers federal employees and provides coverage of expenses related to any disease or injury suffered while performing their duties.

Federal government workers' compensation laws are different

Employers across the country, for the most part, are required to offer workers' compensation benefits to their employees in the event of injuries or deaths that occur while on-the-job. Such benefits can be a great help to employees and their families if the need arises to use them. This is true regardless of whether one works for a private firm or the government. However, for employees in California or elsewhere, government workers' compensation laws are a bit different than those for private employers.

Benefits under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act

What sorts of options for compensation a worker has for an injury or illness they suffered at work can vary depending on what job they have and who they work for. For a great many employees in California, the state's workers' compensation system sets up what compensation benefits they are able to receive for workplace injuries/illnesses. If, however, a person is a federal employee, they will generally fall under a different workers’ compensation system. This system was put in place by the Federal Employees' Compensation Act.

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