Postal Employee Loses Wage Retaliation Claims in 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

“Veronica Danielson (“Danielson”) appeals the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the Postmaster General and the U.S. Postal Services San Mateo Information Center (collectively “USPS”). Danielson filed a retaliation claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), contending that after she had initiated a wage dispute through her union, her supervisors had engaged in…

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USPS News Link article on Advanced Annual Leave needs correction

The USPS published a misleading News Link article on advance annual leave on March 14th.  A correction should be made.  It said: “If you’re planning to retire or leave USPS this year, the organization wants you to pay attention to your ‘Earned Annual Leave Balance.’ Remember: If the number goes negative, the Postal Service will…

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DOL issues Opinion Letter: FMLA Leave May Not Be Saved For Future Use

The Department of Labor issued an Opinion Letter Thursday that says an employee with a FMLA-qualifying condition may not use paid leave and decline to use FMLA leave to preserve FMLA leave for future use.  This will likely result in employers digging more deeply into employees’ reasons for taking paid leave. Employees will need to…

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USPS: Advanced Annual Leave

The Postal Service wants to ensure employees understand how advanced annual leave works. Advanced annual leave describes the amount of annual leave that the organization “advances” to eligible employees at the beginning of each year. If you’re a full-time, part-time regular or non-traditional full-time career employee, you receive advanced annual leave. This number is shown…

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USPS: Presidents Day will be observed Monday, Feb. 18

Presidents Day will be observed Monday, Feb. 18, this year. The annual observance traces its roots to celebrations commemorating George Washington during the early 19th century. After Washington’s death in 1799, his birthday was celebrated informally across the young nation. In 1879, Congress declared Feb. 22 — Washington’s birthday — a federal holiday. A 1968…

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APWU: Wounded Warrior Leave – 2019 Update

02/11/2019 – Consistent with the requirements of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015, the Postal Service allows veteran employees who meet the eligibility requirements to take Wounded Warrior Leave. This is a specific type of leave, which provides veteran employees with no loss in pay, for undergoing medical treatment for a service-related disability…

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