USPS: Hatch Act rules apply to teleworking

USPS wants employees to know that the Hatch Act’s rules on politicking in the workplace also apply when working from home. The Hatch Act is a law that prohibits Postal Service and other federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty. Under the Hatch Act, employees are “on duty” when they are in…

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USPS: Employees still need to follow ethics rules during pandemic

The Postal Service wants employees to know that the organization’s ethics rules continue to apply during the coronavirus pandemic. Employees should remember they are prohibited from: Using their postal positions for the private gain of themselves or other persons or entities, including their friends or relatives Using postal property or work time for personal —…

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Postal employee’s Facebook posts violated Hatch Act

Remember “Travis,” the USPS employee who violated the Hatch Act by attempting to distribute signs for his favorite presidential candidate at the Post Office where he works? The Postal Service recently featured Travis — not his real name — in its campaign to educate employees about the Hatch Act, a law that prohibits federal workers…

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USPS: Employee suspended after Hatch Act violation

The Postal Service is again educating employees about the Hatch Act by providing examples of co-workers who broke the law. The Hatch Act aims to keep politics out of federal workplaces by prohibiting workers from engaging in political activity while on duty, while wearing a uniform, while on federal property or while inside a federal…

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USPS: Use Voyager credit cards appropriately

The Postal Service has a reminder for employees: Voyager credit cards are to be used only to purchase fuel for postal vehicles. If you have a USPS-issued Voyager card, don’t use it to buy food, drinks, or fuel for a personal vehicle. Doing so violates the misuse of property provision of the standards of ethical…

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USPS: Explaining Hatch Act’s social media rules

The Postal Service is reminding employees that they are required to abide by the Hatch Act, including the guidelines for using social media. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Here’s a quick recap of the law: • The Hatch Act exists to keep politics out of federal workplaces. The law, passed in 1939, limits certain political activities of federal and postal…

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USPS: Know the rules about outside activities

If you’re a Postal Service employee, the organization wants you to remember the rules on engaging in activities outside USPS. These activities can include working for other employers while still holding a postal job, serving on an outside board or volunteering for a group. Federal ethics regulations don’t prohibit you from engaging in any outside…

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USPS: No outside work allowed while on clock

The Postal Service wants to remind employees not to perform work for an outside employer or for a side business while on duty. Doing so violates the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, which applies to postal employees. USPS employees also cannot use postal equipment to perform outside work. “Our customers…

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