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    If a federal workers comp injury requires surgery...major surgery...is it legal for the PO management to interfere with the scheduling or whether it happens at all?

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    Not enough details to determine. The PO management would npt be the ones to decide what is covered and what is not nor would they be involved with the scheduling. There is nothing that says they can not request you schedule your surgery around certain events if medically feasible. As they aren't the ones to approve or deny the coverage, they can say it won't be covered all they want but it has no bearing on whether or not it is.
    I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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      add'l detail

      The management isn't deciding if the surgery is necessary. They don't care. What they have said is that despite the severity and time sensitivity of the surgery, they want him to go away from training instead. In other words, they plan to discipline him if he proceeds with necessary back/neck surgery instead of going out of state to training. The medical/financial aspects are being handled by workman's comp.

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        One other detail. The surgery has been scheduled for weeks (after waiting months for appts and approval). So it isn't like they didn't know. There will be another training class within a few months that he is more than willing to attend. I just want to know if they can legally make him postpone his surgery?

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          If the time off for the surgery would fall under FMLA then no they can not. He has to be permitted to take time off for this.
          I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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            Thank You!!

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