ELM Revision: Special Circumstances Affecting Health Insurance Coverage

Effective September 12, 2019, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), sections 525.1 and 525.2, to align with updates dictated by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Other revisions include updating references to the Human Resources Shared Service Center (HRSSC) and the Self Plus One enrollment option. Although the Postal…

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USPS OIG Report: Disability Retirement Application Process

Objective Disability retirement is an employee benefit intended for employees who are unable to complete a normal career due to disease or injury. To be eligible for retirement disability, employees must meet prescribed statutory, regulatory, and administrative criteria. The objective of our audit was to assess the Postal Service’s effectiveness in processing disability retirement applications….

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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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New cost controls sought in federal employee health-care program

By Eric Yoder – January 24, 2018 The Trump administration sent its first major signal Tuesday of its intentions for the federal-employee health-insurance program, seeking financial incentives for enrollees to hold down their spending on health-care and additional controls by insurance companies on prescription-drug costs. A letter to companies participating in the Federal Employees Health…

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How Effective is USPS in Processing Disability Retirement Applications?

Project Title: Postal Service’s Disability Retirement Application Process Start Date: Monday, November 13, 2017 Estimated Report Release Date: May 2018 Disability retirement is a benefit intended for Postal Service employees who are unable to complete a normal career due to illness or injury. Postal Service employees must meet statutory and administrative requirements to apply for…

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OPM Retirement Backlog Balloons Again in October

By Erich Wagner – November 6, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management on Monday reported a slowdown in its processing of federal employee retirement claims in October, marking the first significant increase to its backlog since July. Last month, OPM received 8,850 new retirement claims from departing federal workers, which was only slightly more than…

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