As the numbers of confirmed COVID-19 exposures increase, it is imperative that all agents understand that as federal law enforcement officers, the Department of Labor (DOL) considers law enforcement officers to be “in high-risk employment” regarding COVID-19. As a result of this determination by DOL, there are new procedures in place to specifically address COVID-19 claims.
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, and you suspect that your exposure to the virus was work-related, you should file a CA-1, “Notice of Traumatic Injury.” By doing so, and upon your claim being accepted by the DOL, you will be eligible to receive Continuation of Pay (COP) for up to 45 days, as well as all medical services, appliances, or supplies prescribed or recommended by your physician to treat your work-related injury (COVID-19).
Attached you will find the DOL’s guidance for “Claims under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).”
Lastly, it is important that all employees do their part by utilizing appropriate PPE when necessitated by their duties, and to ensure that proper social distancing and sanitizing measures are followed. Remember, you are authorized to wear PPE in a non-enforcement environment as well.
Thank you and be safe,