Paydays

Want to know when you’ll be paid this year?

The 2022 calendar image that accompanies this article shows the 26 paycheck dates for Postal Service employees. Every month this year will have two paydays, except for April and September, which will have three each.

The calendar also shows federal holidays, including Juneteenth National Independence Day, which became a holiday in 2021. The holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, will be observed on Monday, June 20, this year.

You can click the image, save it to your computer and print it.

Sharing your thoughts

Employees have an opportunity to provide feedback about the Postal Service’s new advertising campaign.

To participate, employees can complete an online survey.

It will take approximately 10 minutes to review the new advertising materials and provide feedback. The deadline to complete the survey is Jan. 14.

The data that USPS collects will be shared in aggregate; employees’ participation is voluntary and will not be identified in any way.

The survey, which is being conducted by a third-party company, is available through a nonpostal website. Employees who decide to volunteer should complete the survey on nonpostal equipment during nonwork hours.

On the way

The Postal Service has announced dates for the first stamp releases of 2022, along with the cities where the dedication ceremonies are scheduled:

• Love: Jan. 14, Romeo, MI.

• Lunar New Year: Year of the Tiger: Jan. 20, New York City.

• Black Heritage: Edmonia Lewis: Jan. 26, Washington, DC.

Additionally, on Jan. 9, USPS will release U.S. Flags, its latest stamp honoring Old Glory, and Blueberries, a 4-cent stamp.

The organization will announce additional details about the ceremonies later.

This year’s stamp lineup was announced last fall.

Commuter coverage

The Postal Service wants to remind employees about the Commuter Benefits Program, which allows them to pay for qualified commuting costs using pretax money.

Qualified expenses include transit costs and parking fees. The Internal Revenue Service has increased the limit for each category in 2022 to $280 a month, up from $270 a month last year.

Any career Postal Service employee is eligible for this benefit. There is no fee to join or cancel. There is no open enrollment period; employees can enroll or make changes at any time throughout the year.

Employees who have temporarily suspended their commuter benefits and would like to resume them are reminded to make their elections by 11:59 p.m. ET on the 27th of the month two months prior to the month the benefit starts.

For example, to make an election for March, any changes must be made by 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 27.

A recent change: Employees who choose the prepaid card option for commuter benefits can now use funds earmarked for transit and parking interchangeably. This also applies to any accrued balances. Only the prepaid card option offers this flexibility.

Go to the Commuter Benefits Program LiteBlue page for more information or email the Health and Wellness Team with questions.