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Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 30th, 2013 by

Happy Holidays

As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on this past year and those who have helped shape our business. It is a blessing for us to have meaningful work in serving federal employees all across our country.

It’s been quite a year for us all! We hope that 2013 has been just as memorable for you, your colleagues and your loved ones. We look forward to staying in touch with you in the years to come!

Happy Holidays from everyone at Harris Federal. We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 28th, 2013 by

We have so much to be thankful for at Harris Federal… Our work is meaningful and we are blessed to serve others. Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

What happens to my Group Benefits on Disability?

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 by

Lots of questions surround federal employee group benefits when the employee has to retire early due to a disability. Federal employees all have the opportunity to take part in group health and life insurance, as well as long term disability insurance and other programs. Once the employee is no longer working for the government, the question arises, “What happens to my benefits?”

The short answer is simple: You can keep them!

The group benefits can continue into retirement whether you finish your career on disability or meet the qualifications for a voluntary immediate retirement. The rate that the employee pays can change some at the retirement point, as well as throughout the retirement period, as can any insurance premium, in accordance with the risk that insured poses to the carrier. For instance, the FEGLI (Federal Employee Group Life Insurance) Option B coverage is an annually renewal term coverage and the rates can and will climb as you age. However, the Basic coverage can be kept at a minimal cost with options to quit paying for it at all once you turn 65.

Health insurance can be continued into disability retirement as well. If you are a postal employee, you can expect to see a rise in the premium whenever you retire. The reason is that the collective bargaining for postal employees has the USPS paying a slightly higher percentage of the premium than any other federal agencies do. Once you retire, the government portion will fall to the normal, non-USPS rate.

All retirees can expect costs associated with group benefits premiums to rise. That is a fact whether you are applying for disability retirement at age 40, or finally stepping away from the workforce, still healthy at age 75.

One other benefit that is cause for a lot of questions is the TSP (Thrift Savings Plan). The TSP works like a 401k for federal employees, and the federal agencies match employee contributions up to 5% of the employee salary. Once the employees separate, they do not lose that money. As long as they are fully vested, that money is theirs forever. However, due to tax restrictions, they cannot access it before turning 59 ½ without a stiff penalty.

However, once the employee is separated, the agency will cease to provide the matching funds. The new retiree can leave the money in the TSP, or move it to a private IRA, a new company’s 401k, or similar retirement account.

Call Harris Federal for answers to your retirement questions. With Chartered Federal Employee Benefit Consultants available to help you understand the decisions you will face upon retirement, especially federal disability retirement.

Big News – Leah Bachmeyer

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by

Big news here at Harris Federal Law Firm! We are excited to announce that Leah Bachmeyer has joined our firm as an associate attorney! Leah worked here part-time while attending school at the University of Kentucky College of Law. She graduated this past May and was recently sworn in after passing the Kentucky State Bar. While working here, Leah worked with Brad on cases taken to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), and also assisted with local personal injury cases. Leah plans to continue to work on those types of cases, as well as helping federal workers with their Office of Workers’ Compensation claims. We are sure that Leah will be a great asset to our team and look forward to working with her on a full-time basis.

Lexington KY Office – New Address!

Friday, November 1st, 2013 by

We are pleased to announce that our Lexington, KY office has changed locations. Please make a note that our new mailing address is now:

Harris Federal Law Firm

880 Sparta Court

Lexington, KY 40504

Connect with Harris Federal on Social Media!

Monday, October 14th, 2013 by

Social Media is an ever-growing way of communication whether we like it or not. Every second that passes there are 9,100 tweets tweeted and over 1.5 new Twitter accounts are registered which equals 135,000 per day! The numbers and statistics are hard to believe, but they are true.

In order to stay in touch with society’s chosen forms of communication; Harris Federal has made a decision to be active in social media. This is not something new for us… We have been on Facebook, Twitter and on LinkedIn for a couple of years now. We encourage you to connect with us!

Through social medical we hope to:

  1. Share valuable information with federal employees and veterans all across the country.
  2. Reach more people and offer more lines of communication.
  3. Inspire federal employees and veterans… There is hope!

We are passionate and committed to helping federal employees with federal workers compensation and federal disability retirement as well as VA disability. The information our office shares through our websites, blog, videos or social media can be helpful to anyone who has an injury or illness or knows someone that does. Please feel free to share, retweet or pass along any information you find through Harris Federal. The more relevant information that is out there for federal employees, the better chance they will be able to understand their situation, benefits and options.

For links to our social media channels, please see the bottom of this page. You can also visit our YouTube channel HERE.

Nationwide?

Friday, September 13th, 2013 by

We speak to many federal employees every year from all around the country and one common question we get is “How can you help me if you’re in a different state?”

Federal Disability RetirementMost people naturally assume that a lawyer or advocate assisting with their Federal Workers Compensation, Federal Disability, Veterans Disability or Social Security Disability claims would need to be local. However, this is not the case at all! All of the above mentioned types of disability claims are not state specific. They are regulated by our federal government and no one is bound to only have assistance from an in state attorney or advocate.

Harris Federal began representing injured and disabled people over ten years ago! We have grown to now represent federal employees and veterans in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico, Guam and even Germany! This is an accomplishment that we are very excited about and it continues to inspire our team every day.

If you or someone you know has questions about federal workers compensation, federal disability retirement, veterans disability or social security disability, call Harris Federal today for a free case consultation! We are here to help.

Harris Federal’s New Video Blog

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 by

Harris Federal is pleased to bring you a new way to stay informed on trending information regarding federal employee injury rights. Watch this first installment of the new Video Series and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to get all of the new video blog updates directly to your inbox.

We are always trying to keep federal employees up to speed on the most recent developments that concern the federal disability retirement and federal workers compensation benefits.

We want to answer your questions! Please send your questions to us by email to mail@harrisfederal.com or post them on our Facebook or Twitter accounts. We will be selecting a few questions to discuss in every episode. (Don’t worry, we will keep your identity safe!)

- Harris Federal Law Firm

 

Video Transcription

Hey everyone, this is Bo Harris and you are watching the Harris Federal Video Blog, where we try to help federal employees understand their benefits.

For over ten our office has spoken to federal employees every day about their benefits. The one thing that is extremely obvious to us is that the federal government has not done a good job at explaining their employees’ benefits to them. You can read all day on the internet, and skim the surface and never really find the answers to your questions.

That’s what this video blog is here for. We want to go in depth about your questions to help you truly understand the ins and outs of your benefits.

We’re going to be talking about many different benefits for federal employees, but I want you to know that our primary focus is going to be on Federal Disability Retirement. We believe that this benefit is the most misunderstood benefit and could have the biggest impact on the most federal employees.

It’s our goal to be as helpful as possible. Send your us your questions to mail@harrisfederal.com and be sure to put video blog in the subject line. Also check out our Facebook and Twitter pages. You can follow us there and you can submit your questions there too.

Thanks for watching, see you next time.

A Note of Thanks for a Happy New Year

Monday, December 31st, 2012 by

We have been feeling pretty thankful around here at Harris Federal Law Firm lately –so we want to share with you.

Our office as a whole is thankful for the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of so many federal employees every year! It is truly a blessing to offer a shred of light in a dark time for someone. This is something we strive to offer every day we come to work.

Our team speaks to thousands of injured and disabled federal employees every year about their specific situations, struggles, successes, failures and experiences. We talk with them about their lives and we sympathize with them because we know how intimidating uncertainty can be when everything is on the line.

We believe in “meaningful work” and are very thankful everyday for it.

We are thankful for the overwhelmingly positive feedback from federal employees everywhere over the last 10 years. This helps keep us going and reminds us that everyone needs positive encouragement!

We are thankful for the relationships we have built throughout the federal community. All of the welcoming and open arms from unions and agencies give us excitement to reach out and meet new ones and create relationships that will last.

We are thankful for the physicians across the country that we are friends with, and who have a special interest in federal employees. As most of you know, it can be hard to find a good doctor who understands the federal system and wants to be involved. We truly enjoy knowing the good ones and helping introduce federal employees in need to them.

We are thankful for the trust of so many federal employees. We are aware of the fact that hiring an attorney in a different state is an unusual proposition to most! To us, getting involved with the case for our client, and thinking of him or her as a real person with needs that we can relieve is not just a job we do every day, it’s a rewarding experience for us, even though we don’t necessarily get to see him or her physically.

We are especially thankful for the opportunity to give back to others. This is a part of our business DNA. Harris Federal takes pride in supporting local and national charities financially and though volunteer work. Doing so reminds our team that giving is better than receiving and brings us together.

Most people naturally want to help others… this is just part of being human. When was the last time you truly helped someone and didn’t feel good about it? Helping others is an awesome thing and being able to do so though you’re work every day is a blessing.

Thank You from all of us at Harris Federal

Our new Flip Book about Federal Disability Retirement

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 by

We are so proud to now have a Flip Book about the subject of Federal Disability Retirement! As we always say at Harris Federal, information is key. This is why our office strives to share quality information with as many federal employees as possible about their benefits and rights.

Harris Federal speaks to thousands of federal employees from all around the country every year and most all of them are looking for answers. Everyday we look forward to be there for them.

If you do not fully understand what a Federal Disability Retirement benefit is, we encourage you to read this information and call our office. This is one benefit that can change someone’s life after an injury or illness regardless of the cause. Yes, you heard us right, your injury or illness does not have to be work related to be eligible for Federal Disability Retirement.

Please share this Flip Book with your friends, co-workers and unions. You never know just who may need it.

- Harris Federal Law Firm