USPS Employees reminded of Hatch Act rules – No endorsements

The Postal Service wants employees to know about the Hatch Act’s rules on misusing their government positions. The Hatch Act is a law that prohibits postal and other federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity while on duty, while wearing a uniform, while on federal property, or while inside a federal vehicle. Under the…

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USPS: Employees reminded of electioneering rules

USPS wants employees to remember the following electioneering activities are prohibited on Postal Service property: Ballot boxes. These boxes should never be displayed or collected in Post Office retail lobbies or other locations. Non-USPS fliers, pamphlets and unauthorized literature. This includes partisan materials, such as the depositing, posting or displaying of materials that could be…

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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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USPS: Hatch Act education campaign continues

Postal Service employees are continuing to learn about the Hatch Act. The long-standing 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. In a new message, USPS is highlighting the real-life case of “Sandy” —…

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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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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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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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