USPS News Link article on Advanced Annual Leave needs correction

The USPS published a misleading News Link article on advance annual leave on March 14th.  A correction should be made.  It said:

“If you’re planning to retire or leave USPS this year, the organization wants you to pay attention to your ‘Earned Annual Leave Balance.’ Remember: If the number goes negative, the Postal Service will mail you an invoice to pay back your overdrawn leave.”

There is an important exception for disabled workers:

ELM 512.722: “Collection is not required in cases of death or in the case of separation due to a disability that prevents an employee from returning to duty or continuing in the Postal Service.”

Employees who separate due to a disability and get a Letter of Demand for advanced annual leave should be encouraged to file a grievance per Article 28.4.C and ELM 512.722.

This exception has existed a very long time.  Attached is a Postal Bulletin from 1969!


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