USPS offers info on new law’s EFEL provisions

May 10, 2021 The Postal Service wants to you understand a new form of leave that has been created for federal workers, including USPS employees, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The new leave, emergency federal employee leave (EFEL), was established under the American Rescue Plan Act, a law that took effect March 11. The…

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Industrial Relations Director Zimmerman Writes to OPM for Clarification on EFEL Guidelines

May 10, 2021 On May 7, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman wrote a letter to Kathleen McGettigan, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), requesting guidance on the interpretation of certain guidelines for Emergency Federal Employment Leave (EFEL). Director Zimmerman’s letter follows OPM’s release of the EFEL guidelines on April 29. Since the…

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APWU: Updated procedures for OWCP claims related to COVID-19

From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org> Sent: Monday, May 3, 2021 Subject: New OWCP bulletin FECA released a new bulletin on the updated procedures for OWCP claims related to COVID-19. The bulletin is FECA Bulletin No. 21-09 Subject: Processing FECA Claims for COVID-19 under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The bulletin describes new procedures claims…

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USPS Memo and Documents on EFEL OPM Guidance

From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org> Date: 4/30/21 Subject: USPS Memo and Documents on EFEL OPM Guidance. All, This email is provided as information only as to what the Postal Service has chosen to do based on the guidance issued by OPM in regards to EFEL. The APWU has reached out to the Postal Service to discuss…

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GAO Report: USPS Volume, Performance, and Financial Changes since Onset of COVID-19

Published: Apr 29, 2021 What GAO Found In 2020, the majority of which was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) experienced a 9 percent drop in total mail volume when compared to 2019. The overall drop was primarily due to a 4 percent dip in First-Class Mail and a 14 percent…

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USPS: Blue cooling neck gaiters for employees

The Postal Service has cooling neck gaiters for employees to wear during warm weather. Gaiters are circular pieces of fabric that sit around a person’s neck and can be pulled up to cover the mouth and nose. Cooling gaiters can be dampened with cold water and wrung out; as the water evaporates, it absorbs heat…

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USPS: Vaccine update – Eligibility to expand soon

In most states, every worker and resident who is age 16 or older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination by April 19. The Postal Service is reminding employees to not delay pursuing access to these vaccines if they want to be vaccinated. The organization’s goal is for everyone to be able to get a…

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USPS OIG Report: Customer Perceptions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 9, 2021 (RISC-WP-21-002) An OIG survey administered during the COVID-19 pandemic found a majority of people across the United States held a favorable view of the Postal Service (91 percent) and agreed or strongly agreed that mail is important (96 percent). Respondents checked and read their mail more frequently in 2020 but sent less…

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