ICE pays employees workers comp, even when they’re fit to work

ICE pays employees workers comp, even when they’re fit to work

The agency responsible for investigating and enforcing immigration laws hasn’t done a very good job of investigating its own employees’ claims of on-the-job injuries or enforcing the law that governs workers’ compensation, according to a new report.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement paid five of its employees $1 million in workers’ comp after the employees were medically cleared to work, an audit by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found. One of those individuals has received more than $233,000 in compensation since medical personnel deemed the employee fit for work “several years ago,” the IG wrote.

That was just one of many problems the IG found. In addition, agency supervisors didn’t document events accurately or completely; neglected to probe questionable claims; and failed to identify responsible third parties.

“ICE has neither ensured effective claims processing oversight and case management nor returned employees to work at the earliest opportunity,” the IG reported.

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