APWU Arbitration Award Restores Rules for Employees Using LWOP to Campaign

Web News Article #: 77-2018 08/08/2018 – APWU members can continue to volunteer in political campaigns under the long-standing leave-without-pay rules in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). A national arbitrator rejected changes the Postal Service made to the Leave Without Pay (LWOP) rules for how employees request LWOP to participate in political activities…

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ELM Revision: acceptable reasons and instructions for LWOP

Effective April 26, 2018, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), section 514.4, to update acceptable reasons and instructions for leave without pay (LWOP). Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) * * * * * 5 Employee Benefits 510 Leave * * * * * 514 Leave Without Pay *…

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USPS: Hatch Act education campaign begins

Postal Service employees will soon receive new guidance on avoiding violations of the Hatch Act. The law prohibits postal and other federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty, while wearing a uniform, while on federal property or while inside a federal vehicle. Beginning the week of April 2, USPS will provide employees…

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OSC Announces USPS Employee Hatch Act Violation Over Social Media Use at Work

The recently settled USPS case, which resulted in a 50-day suspension, illustrates prohibited social media activity. Between March and July 2016, an employee made at least 116 partisan political Facebook postings while on duty. Nearly all of the employee’s actions were in the form of a “share” posting from pro-Bernie Sanders, anti-Hillary Clinton, or anti-Donald…

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You’ve heard of the Hatch Act, but how much do you know about it?

If you’re unfamiliar with the law, here’s a quick primer — including do’s and don’ts when it comes to social media usage. • First things first: The Hatch Act exists to protect you. The law, which dates to 1939, aims to keep politics out of federal workplaces. Specifically, the Hatch Act establishes rules to prevent…

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APWU Clashes with Management on New 3971 Language

Web News Article #: 116-2017 12/01/2017 – The Postal Service’s Request for or Notification of Absence (Form 3971) has been amended to include a new section applicable to those going on leave without pay (LWOP) for official union business. This new section states: LWOP – Union Official (Required Certification) By signing this form, I certify…

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PS Form 3971 – Request for or Notification of Absence (Oct. 2017 – PDF)

This is the latest version of PS Form 3971 and it includes updated Hatch Act (partisan political activity) and Privacy Act (collection and disclosure) information statements. All earlier versions of this form are outdated and should be recycled. Click Here for the October 2017 PS Form 3971 in a “fillable” PDF

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USPS updates PS Form 3971

Postal Service employees who plan to take leave should use only the October 2017 version of PS Form 3971, Request for or Notification of Absence. All earlier versions of this form are outdated and should be recycled. This change took effect Nov. 1. The current PS Form 3971 forms included updated Hatch Act and Privacy…

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