Notice to All Post Offices with Rural Delivery Service: Rural Carrier Guarantee Period

Postal Service™ managers must effectively manage rural carriers who work under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), section 7(b)(2). Those carriers are paid overtime for all hours actually worked in excess of 2,080, up to 2,240, within the 52-consecutive-week guarantee period.

If a carrier works more than 2,240 hours within the guarantee period, the agreement under FLSA section 7(b)(2) is considered void, and the carrier must be compensated for all hours worked during the guarantee period in accordance with FLSA, section 7(a).

Postal Service managers must make a concerted effort to minimize the number of hours carriers work over 2,080, and strictly monitor these carriers to ensure that no carrier works in excess of 2,240 actual work hours.

The 2021–2022 guarantee period will begin on Saturday, October 9, 2021, and continue through Friday, October 7, 2022.

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I’m a regular rural carrier on the overtime list. I don’t have a sub. Can they make me take a day off in the middle of the week? We have 7 routes, but only one sub. One regular is not on overtime list. The route with the sub. Can they make me take a day off if I don’t have a sub and I’ve signed the overtime list?