Vehicles helping USPS move into future

The Ram ProMaster 2500, a recent addition to the USPS fleet of vehicles, is helping the organization meet its delivery needs. The extended capacity vehicles, introduced in 2016 to replace aging minivans, are more fuel efficient than their predecessors. USPS uses the vehicles for “park and loop,” when carriers park a vehicle and make door-to-door…

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Delivering Peace of Mind: Certified Mail and the USPS

November 27, 2017 (RARC-WP-18-002) Despite recent volume declines, Certified Mail accounts for over half of all Ancillary Services revenue, bringing in more than $670 million in FY 2016. Certified Mail is widely used by Americans with 58 percent of people having used it for either personal or professional mailings. The OIG has identified possible explanations…

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PS Form 3971 – Request for or Notification of Absence (Oct. 2017 – PDF)

This is the latest version of PS Form 3971 and it includes updated Hatch Act (partisan political activity) and Privacy Act (collection and disclosure) information statements. All earlier versions of this form are outdated and should be recycled. Click Here for the October 2017 PS Form 3971 in a “fillable” PDF

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Is USPS’ Informed Delivery feature a new target for security threats?

By C.J. Lovelace – November 25, 2017 The holiday season means a significant increase in mail as millions upon millions of letters and packages move through the U.S. Postal Service system en route to their destinations. For years, the postal service has taken digital photographs of mail as it moves through sorting facilities, helping make…

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How Do Employers Calculate FMLA Leave Around the Holidays?

By Franczek Radelet P.C. – Nov 21, 2017 Calculating FMLA Leave During A Holiday Week Let’s use Thanksgiving Day as an example. If the employee gets Thanksgiving Day off as an employer holiday and then takes the entire rest of work week off for an FMLA reason, the employer should count the entire workweek as…

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As Postal Service Fleet Ages, Reports of Fires Grow

By Ryan Raiche – November 23, 2017 The postal service mail truck that caught fire earlier this week on Highway 12 in Wayzata was the latest to light up the night sky following an alarming trend around the country. In this case, traffic management cameras captured the flames. The carrier escaped the truck with injury,…

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APWU: 2017 Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period

Web News Article #: 98-2017 11/23/2017 – Reminder, in accordance with Article 8, sections 4 and 5, of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, penalty overtime rules are not applicable for a consecutive four-week period each year during December. This year, the December period begins December 2, 2017 (Pay Period 25-17- Week 2) and ends December 29,…

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