Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has been in contact throughout the COVID-19 crisis with the families of Correctional Officers at FCI Ray Brook who have tested positive for COVID-19, but were denied their request for continuation of pay. Congresswoman Stefanik worked with the Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs to highlight that Correction’s Officers 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 Congresswoman Stefanik advocacy, the Department of Labor worked with the Bureau of Prisons to address the issue, and concluded that the Correctional Officers continuation of pay claims will be approved.

“Our Correctional Officers have been working in high risk environments with exposure to COVID-19,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “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.”