If it’s non-postal, attending virtual events could be a no-no

The USPS Ethics Office is providing guidance for Postal Service employees on participating in virtual events held by other organizations. Many such events are being conducted over video or audioconferencing platforms rather than in person because of the coronavirus pandemic. A virtual event is a gift if it has monetary value. If a virtual event’s…

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USPS policies for shipping hemp-based products

The Postal Service is reminding employees that customers are permitted to send certain hemp-based products in the mail when in compliance with all applicable laws. A cannabis-derived substance with tetrahydrocannabinol content of 0.3 percent or less is legally hemp. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the flower resin of cannabis plants, which include hemp…

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USPS Automatic Payroll Collection Process Lacks Safeguards

Chapters 450 and 460 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual were recently revised to accommodate a new expedited debt collection procedure called the Automatic Payroll Collection Process. It eliminates an important safeguard for employees found in the JCIM Article 28.4 – that a Letter of Demand must be signed by the postmaster or his/her…

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Postal Regulatory Commission wants answers

The Postal Regulatory Commission wants answers. Check out the first of its information requests for the annual compliance review. They’re all about bad on-time service performance and getting more details about management’s explanations and justifications. PRC to USPS: Please explain how the Postal Service took into account the COVID-19 pandemic and the expected increase in…

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APWU: February ZOOM Trainings

January 8, 2021 The Research and Education Department is sponsoring a series of Zoom Trainings for local and state officers and shop stewards in February 2021. The link to register is only being sent to local/state presidents. If an officer or steward wishes to attend the Zoom Training, they must contact their president. Special Notes:…

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USPS OIG Report: Mail Service During Early Stages of Pandemic

Objective Our objective was to evaluate mail service during the early stages of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease pandemic. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States issued a national emergency declaration concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. With many Americans following stay at home guidance during the pandemic, the Postal Service’s mission to provide…

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