Postal Bulletin highlights National Dog Bite Prevention Week, April 9-15, 2017

The U.S. Postal Service® continues its tradition of calling attention to one of the nation’s most commonly reported public health problems: dog attacks and bites. From nips and bites to actual attacks, violent dog behavior continues to pose a serious threat to our employees. Previously, National Dog Bite Prevention Week (NDBPW) took place during the…

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PRC Report Reveals Progress and Problems with Rate and Fee Compliance and Service Performance

PRC Press Release – March 28, 2017 Washington, DC – The Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) today issued its Annual Compliance Determination (ACD), an assessment of the U.S. Postal Service rate and fee compliance and service performance in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The Commission has identified several compliance issues and directs the Postal Service to address…

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Strict Enforcement of Attendance Procedures May Create Liability for Employers under FMLA

By Robert Meyer – March 28, 2017 Many employers include in their attendance policies a specific procedure by which employees must “call-in” to report an absence from work. Such policies typically impose disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment, when an employee fails to follow the employer’s procedure or is otherwise a “no-call,…

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Postal Service health care proposal could burden seniors, analyst says

By John Breslin – March 27, 2017 Legislation designed to tie U.S. Postal Service retiree health care plans more closely with Medicare could needlessly saddle seniors with two insurance premiums, according to one health policy expert who has studied a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, the bill would also transfer…

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NARFE: Panel Shows Support For Postal Retiree Health Benefit Changes

By John Hatton – April 2017 Legislation that seeks to repair the finances of the United States Postal Service (USPS) garnered broad bipartisan support among leaders and members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the face of strong opposition from NARFE. NARFE has suggested a reasonable alternative to allow many retirees…

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OIG Report: Internal Controls Over Single Drawer Accountability – [Redacted] Post Office

Background U.S. Postal Service management reported stock shortages at a remotely managed post office in [redacted] in June 2016 and November 2016. The reported shortages were $1,706, or 34 percent, and $1,051, or 21 percent, respectively, of the office’s total authorized limit of $5,000 for cash and stamp stock. A remotely managed post office offers…

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OIG Report: Cost Segment 3 – Clerks and Mail Handlers

Background The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 requires the U.S. Postal Service to file an Annual Compliance Report (ACR) with the Postal Regulatory Commission within 90 days of the end of each fiscal year. The report analyzes cost, revenue, rates, and quality of service for all products. Further, it reports whether revenue for…

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