USPS OIG: Returns Season Is Upon Us

The holidays might be over but the package returns season is in high gear. It kicked off in mid-December, shortly after the first wave of holiday deliveries, and is expected to run through most of this month. Returns track with the online retail market — as shopping online grows, so, too, do package returns. About…

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How Effective is USPS in Processing Disability Retirement Applications?

Project Title: Postal Service’s Disability Retirement Application Process Start Date: Monday, November 13, 2017 Estimated Report Release Date: May 2018 Disability retirement is a benefit intended for Postal Service employees who are unable to complete a normal career due to illness or injury. Postal Service employees must meet statutory and administrative requirements to apply for…

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Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) information

The Jane Doe VER Kit is an example of what eligible employees will receive this week. The NALC VER Retirement Counseling Settlement in 2013 is important because VER retirement counseling before the irrevocable date is difficult to get. Retirement counseling hasn’t improved since then. In normal times it takes 45 days to get an appointment….

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Q & As on Benefits, Pay, and Leave Under VERA updated January 2018

Updated January 2018 The date above indicates the date that this document was reviewed and updated. Whenever this document is updated, every FAQ is reviewed, but not every FAQ requires a change. NOTE: For more information related to any questions and answers presented in this document, you should review the VIDEO segments in the Retirement…

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Chief Postal Inspector: We’re fighting opioid crisis

By Guy Cottrell – January 7, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service is deeply concerned about America’s opioid crisis and has been working aggressively with law enforcement and key trading partners to stem the flow of illegal drugs entering the United States. In collaboration with federal agencies and state and local law enforcement, improved investigative techniques…

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FedEx is not certified mail, Utah Court of Appeals declares

By Ben Winslow – January 7, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY — The state appeals court has overturned a ruling against a Juab County company because the Labor Commission sent a notice of violation via FedEx and not U.S. Postal Service. In a ruling published Saturday night, the Utah Court of Appeals declared that you can’t…

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ELM Revision: Update to Definition of Basic Pay

Effective January 4, 2018, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), sections 532, 538.3, 566.252, 586.252, and 592.1, to remove outdated references to “Cost of Living Allowances” from definitions of basic pay. Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) * * * * * 5 Employee Benefits * * * *…

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