Advanced annual leave

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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 in the “AL Advanced” field of your pay statement.

Each pay period that you earn annual leave, the advanced annual leave amount goes down by the exact number of annual leave hours that you actually earn.

However, you don’t get paid for any advanced annual leave when you retire or leave your job. You’re only paid for the amount of leave that shows up in the “Earned Annual Leave Balance” field of your pay statement.

If your earned annual leave balance is negative, you’ll receive a bill for “overdrawn leave,” which means you’ve used more annual leave than you’ve earned.

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.

USPS is distributing a stand-up talk on advanced annual leave this week. The organization wants managers and supervisors to deliver this talk to their employees to help them better understand the topic.

If you have questions, contact your immediate supervisor.

Mark your calendar

USPS stamp releases in 2019

The Postal Service has announced dates for four stamp releases, along with the cities where the stamps will be dedicated.

The releases are:

  • Wild and Scenic Rivers, Tuesday, May 21, Bend, OR
  • Ellsworth Kelly, Friday, May 31, Spencertown, NY
  • USS Missouri, Tuesday, June 11, Honolulu
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex, Friday, June 28, Washington, DC

USPS announced these stamps in November, January and March.

News Briefs

Capital success

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CFC recognition. The Postal Service’s charitable fundraising efforts were recently honored by the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA).

During a March 5 ceremony, USPS received awards for best digital campaign, best campaign essay or publication and best overall outreach plan.

Additionally, CFCNCA Hero Awards were given to Capital District Diversity Coordinator Audrey Washington and Customer Support and Integration Manager Deborah Branagan Goldman.

Kathleen Harper, a human resources program and policy analyst who oversaw the organization’s CFC efforts, received a Spirit of Service Award.

“‘Show Some Love’ is more than a campaign slogan, it’s a life mantra,” said Washington. “I was born to do this.”

Postal Service employees pledged $7.7 million during the most recent CFC cycle, exceeding the organization’s goal by 20 percent.

Postal Bulletin. The Postal Bulletin’s March 14 issue includes cybersecurity tips and the latest updates to policies, procedures and forms.

Got news? Email your submissions to uspslink@usps.gov.

Campaign trail

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Here’s Link’s latest “News Quiz,” a weekly feature that invites readers to test their knowledge of recent stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Fill in the blank: USPS employees pledged (blank) during the most recent Combined Federal Campaign, up 20 percent from the previous cycle.

a) $7.1 million
b) $7.3 million
c) $7.5 million
d) $7.7 million

2. Which subject is addressed on the Postal Service’s new time clock posters?

a) Benefits
b) Employee engagement
c) Paychecks
d) Safety

3. True or false: If you have a dependent care flexible spending account through FSA Feds, you can continue to spend your 2018 funds until Friday, March 15.

a) True
b) False

4. Which stamp release was not announced this week?

a) Music Icons: Marvin Gaye
b) Sesame Street
c) Spooky Silhouettes
d) Tyrannosaurus Rex

5. This week, Postmasters and station managers received a Business Connect kit to help them host what kind of event?

a) Gain New Business Day
b) Get Down to Business Day
c) Grab New Business Day
d) Grow Your Business Day

Answers: 1) d. 2) b. 3) a. 4) a. 5) d.

Look for a new quiz next week and share your feedback with Link at uspslink@usps.gov.