USPS ELM Revision: Sex Discrimination Policy

Effective February 25, 2021, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), Chapters 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8, to update USPS® policy prohibiting sex discrimination in personnel hiring and placement, so that the ELM is consistent with a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued June 2020. In the decision, the Court…

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EEOC ruling: Yes, employers can require the COVID-19 vaccine

From: Linda J. Turney <lturney@apwu.org> Date: Thu, Dec 17, 2020 Subject: EEOC ruling: Yes, employers can require the COVID-19 vaccine A point of interests for all workers. The EEOC has decided that the employer can require vaccination unless you have a disability (Doctor Note) or Religious belief. The Employer must determine if the unvaccinated employee…

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USPS Loses Covid-Based Bid to Block In-Person Job Bias Testimony

By Patrick Dorrian – November 4, 2020 USPS sought court order to protect two witnesses But failed to show why CDC guidelines not enough A former U.S. Postal Service employee in South Carolina can depose fact witnesses in-person in her sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit, after a federal court rejected the renewed contention that the…

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USPS: Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

Effective March 26, 2020, the Postal Service™ reissued its Memorandum of Policy (MOP) HR-03-26-2020-1, Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement (see below). In accordance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Management Directive 715, the policy will be updated annually and prominently posted in the following locations: All personnel offices; Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) offices; On the…

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Reducing Official Time for Unions in EEO

By Ralph R. Smith – December 12, 2019 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking clarifying official time provisions for federal employees working in an official capacity for a union. What Is Official Time? “Official time” has been the source of a number of issues in the federal labor…

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Lawyer’s Mistake No Reason to Revive Postal Worker’s Bias Suit

By Patrick Dorrian – April 3, 2019 Letter failed to follow federal employee EEO process Lawyer’s mistake in filing charge with EEOC not excused A Pittsburgh mail carrier was too late to sue the U.S. Postal Service for withdrawing his job accommodation for his stroke-related climbing restrictions, the Eleventh Circuit said. John Komosa had to…

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Sleeping on the Job Didn’t Justify Termination of PPO

By Bryant S. Banes – February 5, 2019 The U.S. Postal Service was liable for retaliation in a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision, even though the employer said the plaintiff was found sleeping on the job. The Boston general mail facility employed the plaintiff, a U.S.-born woman of Chinese descent, for 18 years,…

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