APWU: Lead Clerk Duty Assignments and TACS Training and Duties Dispute settled

In this dispute initiated by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), there were three issues considered. In case Q15C-4Q-C18000314 the issue was, “whether employees occupying Lead Clerk duty assignments and who perform timekeeping duties must be given access to the Enterprise Resource Management System (eRMS).” The issues in case #Q15C-4Q-C18273555 were 1) whether the February…

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DOL Issues Two New FMLA Opinion Letters

Organ Donation Surgery Can Qualify as Serious Health Condition Under FMLA The DOL considered whether an employee who donates an organ can qualify for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, even when the donor is in good health before the donation and chooses to donate the organ solely to improve someone else’s health. Additionally,…

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Career Status in the APWU Clerk Craft question

A recently converted PSE for filling of a residual vacancy with less than 90 days as a career employee called off on Emergency Annual Leave. She did not get paid because of management citing ELM 512.313 – he has a ninety day wait time. In the letter from President Dimondstein, about career status in the…

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APWU Arbitration Award Restores Rules for Employees Using LWOP to Campaign

Web News Article #: 77-2018 08/08/2018 – APWU members can continue to volunteer in political campaigns under the long-standing leave-without-pay rules in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). A national arbitrator rejected changes the Postal Service made to the Leave Without Pay (LWOP) rules for how employees request LWOP to participate in political activities…

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USPS OIG Report: Timecard Adjustments in the Greater Boston District

Objective This report responds to a request from U.S. Congressmen Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch regarding unauthorized timecard manipulations that impacted employee workhours at selected U.S. Postal Service facilities in the Greater Boston District. Our objective was to assess whether timecard adjustments were conducted in accordance with Postal Service policy. The Postal Service uses the…

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The NALC Guide to Identifying Intentional False Editing of Clock Rings

July 27, 2018 The NALC Guide to Identifying Intentional False Editing of Clock Rings was created to assist union representatives when investigating grievances concerning clock ring edits that impact letter carriers’ pay. The guide provides instruction on reading the TACS Employee Everything Report, examples of improperly edited clock rings, and includes a grievance starter to…

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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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