Employee’s Failure To Follow Call-In Procedures Dooms FMLA Claims

Managing intermittent FMLA leaves is often challenging for employers. However, a recent case reinforces the requirement that employees must comply with reasonable call-in procedures to report FMLA absences. Following a recent trend among federal courts, a federal court in Pennsylvania dismissed an employee’s FMLA claim because she failed to follow her employer’s call-in procedures to…

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Issa challenger Dave Peiser on “Carl in the Morning” radio show

Carl in the Morning – Thursday June 26, 2014 Dave Peiser was on Carl Wolfson’s current events radio show on XRAY.FM this morning, and talked about Darrell Issa’s war on the US Postal Service, renewable energy, rising sea levels and Republican obstructionism. Dave’s portion of the show starts at about 31 minutes in (31:28 to…

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Postal Service Plan to Cut Hours at Smaller Iowa Post Offices Picks up the Pace in July

SWISHER, Iowa – A United States Postal Service plan to save money by cutting hours at rural post offices is coming closer to completion. And in the first two full weeks of July, that will mean public hearings with postal officials in 70 Iowa communities to talk about service cutbacks. Postal customers in many smaller…

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USPS Chief Sustainability Officer on problems with service’s delivery fleet (audio)

The Postal Service’s financial crunch means that it is delivering mail with some old trucks. Nearly all of its 190,000 vehicles are gas guzzlers from the 1990s. This is the type of problem that keeps Chief Sustainability Officer Tom Day up at night. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to…

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House Republicans Split, Saving Saturday Mail Delivery

Leading congressional Republicans strongly support U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s plan to save $2 billion a year by eliminating Saturday letter delivery. Yet on Wednesday, party members defied their leadership and joined Democrats to pass an amendment to the House appropriations bill that would keep letters, bills, and junk mail flowing six days a week….

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Drugs and fraud keep Boise-based postal inspectors on their toes

A few packages on a desk at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service office in South Boise were set aside because postal employees thought they were suspicious. A note on one mailed from Fruitland to an address in Clemmons, N.C., said, “Smells like coffee. Possible drugs?” A package from Colorado intercepted on its way to a…

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USPS: In case of emergency – Employee hotline gets new features

The USPS National Employee Emergency Hotline now has new features, including a more interactive process. The Postal Service uses the hotline during emergencies, such as facilities problems and weather emergencies, to notify employees of closings or late openings. The hotline number — 888-363-EMERGNC (888-363-7462) — is on the back of employee badges. Employees can now…

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USPS Labor Relations: Postal Service Policy on Workplace Harassment Reissued

Effective June 10, 2014, the Postal Service™ reissued its Postal Service Policy on Workplace Harassment. This policy: Includes a reference to military service in accordance with the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act signed into law November 21, 2011, which expands protections against workplace dis­crimination based on military status under the Uni­formed…

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