USPS: There are rules on outside employment

USPS employees can have a second job but can’t work for Postal Service competitors or suppliers.

April 10, 2023
USPS wants to remind employees that there are rules regarding employment outside the Postal Service.

If you have a second job or own an outside business, remember that postal time, equipment and resources cannot be used to serve another employer.

There’s also a conflict if the outside job prevents you from adequately performing your USPS duties, including maintaining regular and on-time attendance.

Sales activity — including the solicitation of business or receipt of orders while on duty, in uniform or on postal property — is prohibited.

Postal employees cannot work for:

Companies that manufacture uniforms or other products for USPS;

Transportation contractors who move mail to or from the employee’s postal facility;

FedEx, UPS, DHL, Amazon and other companies that deliver mailable matter;

Commercial mail receiving agencies, such as a UPS Store.

USPS employees also cannot be employed as consultants on postal operations, programs or procedures.

Employees who have questions should call the USPS Ethics Office helpline at 202-268-6346 or send an email to the Ethics and Legal Compliance team at

Source: USPS

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