Postal Employee Ordered to be Removed for Violating Hatch Act

By Ian Smith – August 2, 2018 OSC filed a complaint of Hatch Act violations with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) in March 2018 after the employee, a postal mail processing clerk, ran in two 2017 partisan elections. According to the complaint, the Hatch Act specifically prohibits USPS employees from running for election to…

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U.S. District Judge dismisses USPS worker’s disability retirement claim

By Stacey O’Connor – March 1, 2018 BENTON –U.S. District Judge David Herndon has dismissed a former U.S. Postal Service worker’s disability claim. Madelaine Sattlefield had filed a second amended complaint and in response to the Office of Personnel Management’s motion to dismiss, claiming federal court at the Southern District of Illionis had jurisdiction through…

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Postmaster’s Removal for Unacceptable Conduct Upheld by Federal Appeals Court

“The United States Postal Service removed Ramon Canarios from the position of Postmaster based on a charge of unacceptable conduct, supported by numerous specifications of particular incidents. Mr. Canarios appealed the removal decision to the Merit Systems Protection Board, which upheld the removal. We affirm.” Mr. Canarios began working for the Postal Service on July…

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The new rules of enforced leave – MSPB shifts burden of proof to the agency

If you’re in an agency that places employees on forced leave, beware: The law has changed, and how the Merit Systems Protection Board will adjudicate an appeal of such actions has dramatically shifted. A Postal Service supervisor for customer services submitted a request to work on light-duty assignment. The employee’s supervisor denied her request on…

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