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The Labor Department has said that some claims for Federal Employees Compensation Act benefits related to COVID-19 that were denied may be reconsidered under terms of the recently enacted pandemic relief law.

The department last year since last year has been following a policy of generally presuming that an infection was work-related—and thus eligible for FECA workplace disability or death benefits—for federal employees in certain public-facing occupations who generally have remained at their regular workplaces. The pandemic relief law that put that policy into law has some provisions that could make more persons eligible, an online posting said.

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It says that any claim that was accepted will not be affected, but that “any COVID-19 claim filed under the FECA that was denied or withdrawn prior to March 12, 2021, is eligible for review under the new eligibility requirements” and that affected persons would be contacted in the next 30-45 days.

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