USPS: New Hours for TACS Help Desk

The Postal Service is changing the hours for its Time and Attendance Collection System (TACS) Help Desk. Beginning Saturday, July 21, the hours of operation will be from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Central time, Monday-Saturday. The TACS Help Desk is closed Sundays. If you have questions after hours, call 855-411-8227 to leave a message or send…

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Keeping FMLA Usage Confidential Pays Off For USPS: Employee Failed To Prove Retaliation Claim

By Jody M. Florence – July 10, 2018 An employee’s retaliation claim under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) failed because he was unable to prove that the managers who decided to temporarily transfer him knew about his FMLA leave, according to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A manager of customer services…

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Reg Jones Expert’s View: Annual Leave Refresher

There are many kinds of leave available to federal employees and it’s worth tackling them one by one. Let’s start with annual leave, which you can earn and use for whatever reason and, within reasonable limits, when you want to. Accrual Regardless of the retirement system you are in, the basic rules on leave accrual…

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The DOL’s FMLA Forms Are Expiring!

By Jeff Nowak – May 30, 2018 The DOL’s model FMLA forms and notices are about to turn into the proverbial pumpkin come midnight this Friday, June 1, 2018. So, what is an employer to do? Besides panic, of course? What’s Going on and Why Do These Forms Expire Anyway? Under the Paperwork Reduction Act…

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USPS: Memorial Day honors armed forces

Memorial Day, a federal holiday to honor U.S. military members who died while serving their country, will be observed Monday, May 28. “The men and women of the armed forces place America’s safety before their own,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. “Memorial Day is a time to remember their valor, courage and the sacrifices…

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ELM Revision: acceptable reasons and instructions for LWOP

Effective April 26, 2018, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), section 514.4, to update acceptable reasons and instructions for leave without pay (LWOP). Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) * * * * * 5 Employee Benefits 510 Leave * * * * * 514 Leave Without Pay *…

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DOL issues Opinion Letter on FMLA-protected rest breaks

A new DOL Opinion Letter on FMLA-protected rest breaks was issued today (see below). It should be included in the next JCIM. Extra rest breaks is an option that could benefit some workers with disabilities. The employee must take unpaid leave or may use their paid leave if available. The DOL ruling states that “employees…

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