Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Poster for USPS

“The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires the Federal government to provide all of its employees with paid sick leave and, for employees who are covered under Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will…

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USPS OIG Report: Management of Postal Zones

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the accuracy of Postal Service “zone”-based postage rates. These rates apply to select mail products including Priority Mail, Bound Printed Matter, Parcel Select, First Class Package Service, and Periodicals. The total volume of competitive and market dominant mail that included zone pricing was 10.1 billion of the 142.4 billion…

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USPS: Intelligent Mail Barcode Generator application

The Postal Service has introduced the Intelligent Mail Barcode Generator (IMbg), an application that allows employees to generate barcoded mailpieces from any USPS workstation. IMbg is web-based and lets users print barcoded addresses on labels, envelopes, postcards and letter-size inserts. The application also lets users create or upload address lists, validate addresses with the Address…

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USPS Guidance on Distillery-made Hand Sanitizer

Due to the rapidly evolving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, we understand that it is becoming difficult to access alcohol-based hand sanitizers. We are also aware of reports that some companies are producing hand sanitizers for personal use, such as Distilleries. Although the Postal Service lacks information on the methods being used to prepare such…

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APWU President’s Statement: Postal Workers in a Time of Crisis

Mark Dimondstein – March 25, 2020 Since the early days of the Postal Service, we postal workers have helped stitch the fabric of the country together. Even in times of crisis – whether natural disaster, conflict, or economic calamity – the Postal Service has always been there, steadily reaching every American home and business in…

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Maintaining Rural Retail Networks: Best Practices Abroad and Implications for USPS

March 25, 2020 (RISC-WP-20-003) To maintain their rural networks of post offices, some foreign posts have reduced hours, outsourced post office operations, or generated various forms of non-postal revenue. The Postal Service is legally entitled to request a $460 million annual subsidy from Congress for retail operations but has chosen not to do so since…

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Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 24, 2020 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when…

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