by Nick Delgado
Guam - There was strong support for Bill 254 this morning. The legislation is relative to authorizing administrative leave for injured individuals certified by the Worker's Compensation Program. Jaime Rodriguez spoke on behalf of his wife Diana, who had a couple of unfortunate accidents while working at the Department of Revenue & Taxation, and had to undergo numerous surgeries for her injuries.
Rodriguez says the issue is GovGuam employees should be authorized leave with pay, while undergoing treatment for any injuries sustained on the job. "This situation, this government practice that employees hurt on the job must use their own leave is wrong. We find it hard to believe that the original intent of the current government policy is to put injured employees in a situation where aside from dealing with the physical trauma of the accidents, we must also deal with the financial implications of current policy," he explained.
However, Guam DOL Worker's Compensation Commission Administrator Joannalynn Fullerton opposes the measure stating the bill has no termination date for GovGuam employees under the program.