USPS: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 30, 2022 As it does each October, the Postal Service is observing National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time to recognize and honor the contributions of workers with disabilities of all kinds. The Department of Labor has chosen “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation” as the theme for the month. “People with disabilities make…

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Former St. Louis NPMHU president gets probation, house arrest for embezzling union funds

June 28, 2022 ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel on Tuesday sentenced the former president of a local postal workers union to five years of probation and six months of house arrest for embezzling $80,000. Scott E. Rodgers, 51, was also ordered to repay the money. Rodgers embezzled a total of $80,756….

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US DOL investigation of amputation injury finds serious, repeat violations at Greensboro USPS facility

News Release – March 11, 2022 US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR INVESTIGATION OF AMPUTATION INJURY FINDS SERIOUS, REPEAT VIOLATIONS AT GREENSBORO US POSTAL SERVICE FACILITY Removed machine safety guard leads to serious, life-altering injury GREENSBORO, NC – An employee working as a mechanic at the U.S. Postal Service’s distribution center in Greensboro suffered a life-changing injury…

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OSHA proposes $236,783 in fines for USPS workplace safety violations in Lehigh Valley

DOL News Release – June 17, 2021 US POSTAL SERVICE FAILED TO PREVENT BLOCKED, OBSTRUCTED EXITS, OTHER SAFETY VIOLATIONS AT LEHIGH VALLEY FACILITY BETHLEHEM, PA – A federal workplace safety inspection of a U.S. Postal Service location in Hanover Township found employees exposed to potentially serious and fatal injuries in the event of an emergency….

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DOL Proposes Revisions to its Model FMLA Forms, Comments are being Accepted

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division is proposing revisions to its model notice of rights, certification, and designation forms under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employers may, but are not required to, utilize the model forms to satisfy their notice requirements under the law and to obtain necessary information…

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OSHA Cites Iowa Post Office For Blocked Exits and Failing to Train Employees

OSHA News Release- Region 7 U.S. Department of Labor May 13, 2019 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Iowa U.S. Postal Office For Blocked Exits and Failing to Train on Emergency Plan ANKENY, IA ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for obstructing exit…

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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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DOL Issues Two New FMLA Opinion Letters

Organ Donation Surgery Can Qualify as Serious Health Condition Under FMLA The DOL considered whether an employee who donates an organ can qualify for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, even when the donor is in good health before the donation and chooses to donate the organ solely to improve someone else’s health. Additionally,…

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