APWU Western Region: Sick Leave Control Is Out of Control

Management’s continuing crack down on sick leave usage is resulting in an increase in leave disapprovals and discipline. The Region continues to provide updates on Attendance issues. Locals who desire to receive the comprehensive Regional Guidebook on Attendance Control and Discipline for Cause may contact Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez at (650) 685-7402 or email ogonzalez@apwu.org…

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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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USPS: Advanced Annual Leave

The Postal Service wants to ensure employees understand how advanced annual leave works. Advanced annual leave describes the amount of annual leave that the organization “advances” to eligible employees at the beginning of each year. If you’re a full-time, part-time regular or non-traditional full-time career employee, you receive advanced annual leave. This number is shown…

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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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USPS: CDC offers flu recommendations

Have you gotten your flu shot? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends individuals 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine each year. All Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) plans cover flu shots at no cost to you. The CDC also encourages people to learn more about the flu, which…

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USPS wants employees to use IVR system to report unscheduled absences

The Postal Service is reminding employees how to report their absences when they take unscheduled leave. You must call the Interactive Voice Response system at 877-477-3273 to report any unscheduled leave as soon as possible. To request unscheduled leave, select option 4 when prompted. Here are some additional tips to remember: • Have your employee…

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USPS: “Iron Woman” has 3,000 hours of sick leave

They call her the “iron woman.” Yolanda Habal, a custodian at the Greenville, SC, Main Post Office, has accumulated more than 3,000 hours of sick leave. USPS recently recognized Habal for this achievement. “The attainment of this award puts Yolanda in an elite group,” said Postmaster Stephanie Banks. “Her reliability, dependability and strong work ethic…

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