USPS: Pandemic Leave Update

A federal law that provides workers with emergency paid sick leave and other protections during the coronavirus pandemic will soon expire. The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) requires employers, including the Postal Service, to provide their workers with emergency paid sick leave and extended family and medical leave for child care expenses. These provisions…

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NALC: COVID-19 Related MOUs Extended Until March 26, 2021

December 22, 2020 By joint agreement (M-01932), several COVID related memorandums of understanding have been further extended through March 26, 2021. These memoranda include: temporary expanded sick leave for dependent care (M-01910); temporary additional paid leave for CCAs (M-01911); temporary use of the 7:01 rule (M-01913); temporary workplace changes to promote social distancing (M-01915); and…

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USPS Mandatory Stand-Up Talk: Taking leave during COVID-19 (4/2/20)

Effective April 1, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides employees with two additional types of leave. These new leave entitlements are in addition to leave you are already entitled to under the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) and any applicable Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs). As a postal employee, you have certain…

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Poster for USPS

“The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires the Federal government to provide all of its employees with paid sick leave and, for employees who are covered under Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will…

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APWU Signs Temporary Leave Adjustments with USPS due to Pandemic

March 18, 2020 Our first priority during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has been ensuring the health and safety of our members and that of the public. To that end, today the union signed two memoranda of understanding with the Postal Service temporarily expanding paid leave for PSEs and expanding the use of dependent care leave…

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Senators Cassidy and Sinema Release Bipartisan Paid Leave Proposal

Press Release – July 30, 2019 WASHINGTON–U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) today released the Cassidy-Sinema plan, Congress’ first bipartisan paid leave proposal for American families. The solution gives new parents the option to bring forward their recently increased Child Tax Credit (CTC) to receive a $5,000 benefit, giving them flexibility…

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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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Management Instruction: Additional Wounded Warriors Leave Available

Compensation and Benefits recently published Management Instruction (MI) EL-510-2019-2, Wounded Warriors Leave, which provides details regarding additional leave for eligible Postal Service™ employees for medical treatment that qualifies under the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015. Effective January 5, 2019, in addition to the statutorily mandated leave, the Postal Service will credit eligible employees…

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