Written by Enterprise Staff in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on April 23, 2020
RAY BROOK — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik says she has helped ensure pay for correctional officers at the Federal Correctional Institute at Ray Brook who tested positive for COVID-19 but were denied their request for continuation of pay.
These COs may have been been paid if they used accrued leave time, but otherwise would not have been, according to Stefanik spokesperson Maddie Anderson.
Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said she has been in contact with these COs’ families during the COVID-19 crisis and worked with the Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs to highlight that COs should be considered high-risk employment when filing claims under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, which simplifies the process for claims to get approved. After her advocacy, she says, the Department of Labor worked with the federal Bureau of Prisons and approved COs’ continuation of pay claims.
“Our correctional officers have been working in high-risk environments with exposure to COVID-19,” Stefanik said in a press release. “I have consistently advocated for them and worked to secure this result at the federal level to ensure they receive their rightfully earned compensation. I will continue to work to provide relief to our corrections and law enforcement communities and their families, many of whom have sacrificed their personal health and safety to protect our communities throughout this challenging time.”
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