OPM Falling Further Behind on Retirement Applications Backlog

By Ian Smith – March 5, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management saw the new applications from retiring federal workers continue to pour in last month. OPM received 11,293 new applications which pushed the outstanding backlog of claims even higher. It now stands at 22,692, a 14.83% increase over last month. In January, the backlog…

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USPS: In remembrance – Flags should be flown at half-staff

(March 7, 2016) President Obama has ordered flags flown at half-staff to honor former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died this week. Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset Friday, March 11, the day of interment. To fly the flag at half-staff, hoist the flag to the peak for an instant and then lower…

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NLRB Says Employers Cannot Stop Employees From Recording Conversations In Meetings

By Robert McTiernan – March 2, 2016 On December 24, 2015, employees who want to make video and audio recordings of co-workers and company meetings received a holiday gift. In Whole Foods Inc. and United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 919, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that a blanket company policy prohibiting use…

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APWU Files Dispute Over MVS Pay Irregularities

Web News Article #: 042-2016 03/03/2016 – The APWU filed a national-level dispute on Feb. 24, protesting pay anomalies that occur when Motor Vehicle Service Craft Postal Support Employees (PSEs) are converted to career positions. The pay irregularities occur in situations where the Postal Service hires PSEs for Level 8 positions and issues “pay exceptions”…

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Postal Service Policy on Workplace Harassment

Effective March 3, 2016, the Postal Service™ reissued its Postal Service Policy on Workplace Harassment. This policy: Reaffirms the Postal Service’s commitment to providing a work environment free of harassment. Supersedes MOP HR-03-10-2015, Postal Service Policy on Workplace Harassment. The Postal Service Policy on Workplace Harassment is available on the Postal Service PolicyNet website: Go…

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USPS: Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

Effective March 3, 2016, the Postal Service™ reissued its Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement. In accordance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) Management Directive 715 (MD 715), the policy will be updated annually and prominently posted in all personnel offices, EEO offices, and on the agency’s internal website. This policy reaffirms the Postal Service’s…

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Mail Transport Equipment: It Moves the Mail

Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors, but serves one common purpose: to move the mail. MTE is used: In plants to support machine and manual separations; In delivery units to present mail to carriers, hold mail in sequence for delivery, and collect mail from the public; In acceptance offices to…

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