Employers May Not Deny FMLA Leave Requests Without Allowing an Opportunity to Cure a Deficient Medical Certification

By Gillian Cooper and Amanda Frankel October 5, 2015 On September 17, 2015, the New Jersey Appellate Division emphasized that an employer has “modest burdens” to not only advise employees of their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), but also must advise employees of any deficiencies in medical certifications and provide an…

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U.S. Department of Labor: National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015

Celebrating 70 Years! 1945-2015 Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for this year — which marks 70 years since the first observance — is “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.” More Information:…

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USPS OIG Audit Project: How Can the Postal Service Control the Costs to Shuttle Vehicles?

Project Title: Vehicle Shuttling – Northeast Area Start Date: Monday, August 31, 2015 Estimated Report Release Date: February 2016 The Postal Service spent nearly $34 million in fiscal year 2014 to move its vehicles from one location to another for maintenance, repair, or transfer. Local Vehicle Maintenance Facility (VMF) management determines when contractors or postal…

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USPS OIG Audit Project: Are Carriers Correctly Reporting Package Deliveries?

Project Title: Package Delivery Scanning – Chicago District Start Date: Monday, August 24, 2015 Estimated Report Release Date: February 2016 Today the U.S. Postal Service uses several delivery status events to create a fully visible delivery system. It has increased its tracking from five to 13 possible scanning events, and uses both active and automated…

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No discontinuances, but more post office suspensions and relocations

October 2, 2015 As a result of all the public protest, the Postal Service has stayed away from post office closings over the past two years, and if legislation recently proposed by Senator Tom Carper were to be approved as is, there would be a moratorium on all post office closings for the next five…

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APWU: TL 5 effective date MOU, PSE and ECP Step 4 Settlements

Via Idowu Balogun, APWU Maintenance Division, Assistant Director A: The parties agree to the following: In a facility which has transitioned from the Handbook MS-47, TL-3 version in accordance with the parties July 9, 2014 MOU, the effective date of the Handbook MS-47, TL-5 version is: Day 1 of the first pay period following the…

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Western PA Stop Staples Demonstration – Sept. 27, 2015

Via John P. Richards, President – Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter of the APWU: The Western Pennsylvania Postal Workers Solidarity Committee held a successful demonstration against the Staples privatization scheme at the Greensburg, PA store on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Related: Western PA Postal Workers Solidarity Committee Update – Sept. 18, 2015

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