USPS OIG Report: Employee Safety – Postal Service COVID-19 Response

Objective Our objective was to assess the Postal Service’s response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak regarding the safety of its employees. In March 2020, the president of the United States declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency; its impact to the nation’s health and safety has been unprecedented. According to the Centers for…

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APWU: Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period, New Leave Year

Reminder, in accordance with Article 8, sections 4 and 5, of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, penalty overtime rules are not applicable for a consecutive four-week period each year during December. This year, the December period begins November 28, 2020 (Pay Period 25-20-Week 2) and ends December 25, 2020 (Pay Period 01-21-Week 1). Related: USPS 2021…

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USPS 2021 Pay Dates and Leave Year

The following chart lists the 2021 pay periods. For the convenience of timekeepers, each biweekly pay period appears as two separate weeks, with the beginning and ending dates indicated for each week. The leave year always begins the first day of the first full pay period in the calendar year. The 2021 leave year begins…

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USPS: Standard time returns this weekend

Daylight saving time will end Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 a.m. In areas where the change is observed, people will “fall back” and set their manual clocks back one hour at bedtime Oct. 31. Standard time will be in effect until March 14, 2021, when daylight saving time will resume. Source: USPS

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Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period is Nov. 28 to Dec. 25

As referenced in Article 8, sections 4 and 5, of the USPS-NALC and USPS-APWU national agreements, the December period (during which penalty overtime regulations are not applicable) consists of 4 consecutive service weeks. This year, the December period begins Pay Period 25-20, Week 2 (November 28, 2020) and ends Pay Period 01-21, Week 1 (December…

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eLRA Has Been Enhanced to Accept Scheduled Leave Requests

Has your scheduled leave request ever been lost? Employees may now request scheduled leave through the Enterprise Leave Request Application (eLRA) on LiteBlue. Employees can utilize the enhanced eLRA via LiteBlue from their home computer or compatible mobile device. This does not prohibit an employee from manually submitting a PS Form 3971 if they wish….

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USPS: Face coverings, social distancing reminder

The Postal Service is reminding employees that they must comply with local and state orders or directives to wear face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. All employees, including those who do not deal directly with the public, must adhere to these orders and directives. Employees are also required to wear face coverings when they are…

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USPS: Pandemic leave FAQs

The Postal Service has updated its FAQs on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a law that requires some employers to provide workers with emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for child care. The update includes child care information that parents and caregivers will find useful for back-to-school season. The FAQs…

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