USPS Handbook EL-505 name changed from Injury Compensation to “Workers’ Compensation”

Effective June 30, 2022, the Postal Service™ is revising Handbook EL-505, Injury Compensation, to change its name to “Workers’ Compensation” and to update standards in various chapters. Revisions will also include deleting Chapter 2 and the Index. Handbook EL-505 is being revised to reflect changes and updates to applicable U.S. Postal Service® regulations, policies, and…

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USPS: Learn about reasonable accommodations

June 23, 2022 The Postal Service, like all federal agencies, must provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities, unless doing so would cause undue hardship for the organization. The Postal Service assesses on a case-by-case basis whether an accommodation would cause undue hardship. The goals of an accommodation are to enable a…

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NRP Class Action Lawsuit Updates (February – May 2022)

May 2022 – Status Update In advance of the May 12, 2022 status conference, the EEOC Administrative Judge circulated a new spreadsheet with additional information requested. In particular, the revised spreadsheet now provides an opportunity for Phase 1 Class Counsel, our offices, to review and comment on the Agency’s designation of claims for each claimant….

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Postal Bulletin: National Dog Bite Awareness Week, June 5–11, 2022

USPS Delivers for America. Deliver for Us by Restraining Your Dog. Sponsored by the United States Postal Service®, National Dog Bite Awareness Week is a public service campaign that offers safety tips and emphasizes the need for increased owner responsibility in the prevention of dog attacks. The Postal Service™ reports the number of dog attacks…

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USPS Releases Dog Attack National Rankings, National Dog Bite Awareness Week Starts June 5

WASHINGTON — More than 5,400 postal employees were attacked by dogs in the United States in 2021. From nips and bites to vicious attacks, aggressive dog behavior poses a serious threat to postal employees and the public. To highlight the enormity of this serious issue, the U.S. Postal Service is providing information on the do’s…

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EEOC Report Analyzes Situation of Workers with Disabilities in the Federal Workforce

EEOC Press Release – May 19, 2022 WASHINGTON – In a newly issued report, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) shows that opportunities for persons with disabilities in the federal workforce are improving, but that further progress is needed on retention and representation in leadership positions. The study examined federal workers with disabilities’ demographics,…

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Postal Bulletin highlights safe lifting practices

Love Your Back: Learn to Lift Safely Recent data indicates that the most frequently injured body part is the back because of lifting and carrying on the job. That is why the United States Postal Service® encourages employees to apply safe lifting practices to their daily tasks. When discussing how to prevent back injuries, the…

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Mental Health Provider’s Role in Requests for a Reasonable Accommodation at Work

Employees with common mental health conditions have a right to a reasonable accommodation at work under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). When requesting accommodations, a patient or client may need supporting documentation from their mental health provider. EEOC’s fact sheet briefly explains the law of reasonable accommodation and the mental health provider’s role in…

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