Senators Cassidy and Sinema Release Bipartisan Paid Leave Proposal

Press Release – July 30, 2019 WASHINGTON–U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) today released the Cassidy-Sinema plan, Congress’ first bipartisan paid leave proposal for American families. The solution gives new parents the option to bring forward their recently increased Child Tax Credit (CTC) to receive a $5,000 benefit, giving them flexibility…

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NARFE: House Approves Paid Family Leave for Feds

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R. 2500, in a 220-197 vote, containing a long-overdue benefit for federal employees – paid family leave. NARFE National President Ken Thomas previously sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging it to support the provision, which is identical to a…

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$2M Jury Award to Employee Vacationing While on Medical Leave Highlights Pitfalls for Employers

By McGuireWoods LLP – June 26, 2019 It is no secret that employees sometimes abuse benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Nor is it a secret that pitfalls abound for employers trying to limit such abuse while accommodating legitimate needs for medical leave. A recent decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court…

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USPS OIG Report: Mail Processing Overtime

Objective The objective of our audit was to assess the Postal Service’s management of mail processing overtime during fiscal year (FY) 2018. The Postal Service had a goal to reduce mail processing staffing costs by about $130.5 million in FY 2018. While the Postal Service uses overtime to provide flexibility and meet its operational requirements,…

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APWU Western Region: Sick Leave Control Is Out of Control

Management’s continuing crack down on sick leave usage is resulting in an increase in leave disapprovals and discipline. The Region continues to provide updates on Attendance issues. Locals who desire to receive the comprehensive Regional Guidebook on Attendance Control and Discipline for Cause may contact Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez at (650) 685-7402 or email ogonzalez@apwu.org…

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I discovered my clock rings were changed

My PM DISABLED my computer access because I was getting my TACS times by going through the Staffing and Scheduling Tool (SST) off of the Blue Page-My Work-Essential Links-SST. I did not have to ask for access through eaccess or even sign in with my ACE ID & password. Was this proper protocol and did…

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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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