Bo Harris

As a Chartered Federal Employee Benefit Consultant (ChFEBC), Bo Harris is passionate about helping federal employees obtain proper benefits. He joined Harris Federal Law Firm in 2002 and is now the firm’s Director of Operations. Harris Federal assists federal workers all over the country on employment matters, filing for OWCP workers’ compensation and FERS federal disability retirement benefits. Bo regularly leads training seminars for federal agencies and unions. To learn more, contact Bo at (877) 226-2723 or via email.

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Does Illness Serve as a Qualification for Federal Disability Retirement?

By on April 27, 2017 in Court Cases, Retirement with 0 Comments
Does Illness Serve as a Qualification for Federal Disability Retirement?

To qualify for federal disability retirement, you must have become disabled while working in your position. The author looks at some cases as precedent for providing medical evidence to establish a connection between the illness and ability to perform your job.

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5 Reasons Your OWCP Workers' Compensation Benefits May Be Terminated

By on June 29, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 20 Comments

Federal employees’ workers’ compensation is intended to be a temporary benefit, and benefits can also be terminated at any time if the employee becomes ineligible for them. The author lists five common reasons for federal employees to be wary of that could lead to loss of their workers’ compensation benefits.

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Disability: Total or Occupational?

By on March 29, 2016 in Retirement with 2 Comments
Disability: Total or Occupational?

Many federal workers who consider applying for federal disability retirement are apprehensive about the word “disability.” They think of disability in the context of Social Security Disability, which requires a claimant to be totally disabled. However, as the author notes, there is a difference between total and occupational disability, and he explains the differences as they apply to work requirements and applying for benefits.

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Recent Budget Proposal Omitted Cut to Federal Workers’ Compensation Benefits

By on March 10, 2016 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 36 Comments
Recent Budget Proposal Omitted Cut to Federal Workers’ Compensation Benefits

The big news for federal employees in the President’s recently released budget proposal was that it called for a 1.6% pay raise for the federal workforce, however, the author notes that there is a lesser known albeit important part of the budget that also affects federal workers.

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What You Need to Know About OWCP Federal Workers’ Compensation

By on February 15, 2016 in Human Resources with 50 Comments
What You Need to Know About OWCP Federal Workers’ Compensation

The U.S. government provides benefits to civilian federal workers who become injured or ill because of their job duties. Here are some important facts about the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) that you need to know should you ever find yourself in need of this important benefit.

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Five Myths about FERS Federal Disability Retirement

By on January 11, 2016 in Retirement with 12 Comments
Five Myths about FERS Federal Disability Retirement

When your poor health begins to hinder your work performance, you need to prepare an exit strategy. For federal workers, applying for FERS federal disability retirement benefits may be a viable option. The author outlines five common myths federal employees should be aware of when seeking disability retirement benefits.

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Can You No Longer Do Your Federal Job? Avoid These Mistakes

By on July 22, 2015 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 14 Comments

If you are a federal employee who is facing an injury or illness that prevents you from working, you can apply for federal disability retirement benefits. But there are mistakes that could end up costing you the right to collect monthly benefits payments. Here are some common ones to make sure you avoid.

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Eight Facts You Must Document to Obtain Federal Disability Retirement Benefits

By on May 14, 2015 in Retirement with 6 Comments

Before you can obtain disability retirement benefits, you must provide documentation to the Office of Personnel Management that shows you meet these eight criteria. The author provides details about each and what forms you must submit to OPM.

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