APWU: COVID-19 MOUs and Liberal Leave Policy extended until December 31, 2020

From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org> Sent: Friday, September 18, 2020 To: APWU Officers Subject: Extension of COVID-19 MOUs and Liberal Leave Policy Please see the attached documents extending the COVID-19 MOUs through the end of 2020 and a letter from VP Doug Tulino extending the liberal leave policy. There is also a document with two clarifying…

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PMG DeJoy updates employees in new video

September 17, 2020 In his latest video message, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy updates employees on the organization’s recent activities. Topics include operational changes; service improvements; the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the response to Hurricane Laura, wildfires and other emergencies; and the Postal Service’s commitment to deliver election-related mail. DeJoy, who…

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USPS: Travel limits extended until Nov. 16

The Postal Service’s policy limiting business travel during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been extended to Nov. 16. The policy affects all business trips, including in-person training. Only travel that is deemed critical to the organization’s mission and trips that cannot be postponed will be approved. Some travel will be allowed to maintain the efficiency…

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USPS and Emergency Response: A History of Delivering for the American Public

September 10, 2020 (RISC-WP-20-006) As a vital part of the nation’s emergency response structure, the Postal Service ensures that mail operations — a lifeline for impacted communities needing access to medications and essential items — are restored after an emergency or natural disaster. The Postal Service, and the Post Office Department before it, have supported…

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USPS releases new TV commercial highlighting employees, service

September 3, 2020 USPS has released a television commercial that celebrates the organization’s employees and their commitment to serving customers during the coronavirus pandemic. The 30-second spot — “Certainty II,” a follow-up to a commercial that debuted in the spring — shows real-life employees working to make deliveries happen. “We live in uncertain times,” the…

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USPS: OPM clarifies pandemic leave effect on retirement deductions

The Postal Service wants employees who took leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to know how it will affect their retirement deductions. The law, also known as the FFCRA, requires some employers to provide employees with emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for child care. The leave benefit went…

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USPS Mandatory Stand-Up Talk: Impacts of New Leave on Retirement and TSP

“Since the introduction of the new leave types, the Office of Personnel Management has provided official guidance that leave payments under the FFCRA are not eligible for retirement and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) deductions.” Related: USPS: OPM clarifies pandemic leave effect on retirement deductions

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USPS: Reminder to display pandemic posters in retail units

Postal Service employees should only display USPS-approved posters in retail spaces —particularly when it comes to posters that explain the organization’s safety protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. USPS has created posters related to COVID-19 that address the use of face coverings and masks by customers in postal retail lobbies. These posters can easily…

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