This is a guide to help you deal with your new status of being a regular rural carrier. There will a lot of new things you will have to learn and this is just an effort to help you get a head start and learn some of the new things you will encounter as a regular rural carrier. Of course this list is not all inclusive, and should any problems arise, be sure to contact your steward.
Manuals and Documents you will need
Updating and Maintaining the Edit Book
X Days and the Relief Day Work List (RDWL)
The Guarantee Year/Period
Partial Trip Served
PS Form 8127 – Rural Carrier Supplemental Pay
Benefits – Summary
0-3 yrs. of service (as a regular)- 13 days per year
3-15 yrs of service – 20 days per year
15 yrs of service and up- 26 days per year
Maximum carryover to new year- 55 days
New leave year begins the first Saturday of the first full pay period in January
Full year’s leave advanced to you at the beginning of the year
If you go regular in the middle of the year, that year’s leave is pro-rated
All regulars earn 13 days per year; no maximum carryover from year to year
Sick leave credited as you earn it.
No leave (sick or annual) is credited to you for the first 90 days as a regular although you will be earning it. On the 91st day, both sick and annual will be available for you to use.
However, if you were earning leave as an RCA when you made regular, your leave should roll over and you will not have to serve a probationary period (can use leave immediately).
Leave must be used in one day increments
We have 11 paid holidays, the same as other federal employees.
New Year’s Day
*Indicates Monday holiday
You must be in a pay status either the last working day before or after the holiday to receive holiday pay.
If a holiday falls on a Saturday, then Friday becomes the holiday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the holiday.
If you are required to work your designated holiday, you will receive holiday pay plus the regular day’s pay (double time) except for the Christmas holiday which is double time and a half pay.
Insurance and more
Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan (FEHBP)
You can sign up within 30 days of becoming a regular; otherwise you will have to wait until open season (generally from 2nd week in November to 2nd week in December).
Coverage is available for Self Only and Self & Family.
Several plans available; some union-sponsored plans require membership in the union.
Can change plans during open season or with qualifying life changes (marriage, birth of child, etc.)
Pre-existing conditions are covered by all plans.
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Provides pre-tax dollars to covered non-reimbursed health care expenses or child care.
Maximum contributions per year is $5000. (Drops to $2500 beginning in 2013).
Must re-enroll each year.
For health care, you can file for reimbursement even if not enough funds in your account.
Child care account must have money in account to be reimbursed.
Health care can be used to cover co-pays, deductibles, and non-covered expenses but not premiums.
If you are a union member, you can find more info on the union website. The USPS FSA is different from other federal FSA, mostly on filing a claim.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEE’S RETIREMENT SYSTEM (FERS)
This is the retirement system that all new career employees are covered under. It is a 3-tier system.
ELIGIBILITY FOR RETIREMENT
Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) with 30 years service. MRA is based on your year of birth.
Age 60 with 20 years of service.
Age 62 with 5 years of service.
There are other reduced retirements available. For more information, visit www.opm.gov.
The 3 parts of FERS are;
1. USPS annuity of approximately 1% per year X no. years of career service, based on your high-3 salary.
2. A special Social Security supplement until you reach age 62.
Federal Employee’s Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)
Must sign up within 30 days of going regular.
Different coverages available for self and family.
You can find more information about FEGLI & FEHBP at www.opm.gov
Here is a list of helpful Ruralinfo links.
Ruralinfo.net Our main website from which all other extensions were born
Rural Mail Talk Our official Ruralinfo.net Forum
Ruralinfo.net on Facebook – Our facebook page that is always hopping!
Ruralinfo.net Knowledgebase – Our knowledgebase full of rural carrier information
Postaltimes.com – The latest postal news.
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