The 2016 Christmas period for rural carriers begins Saturday, December 3, 2016 (Week 2, Pay Period (PP) 25–2016), and ends Friday, December 23, 2016, end of Pay Period 26-2016. During this period, certain timekeeping and pay rules apply. Timekeepers, including Postmasters, supervisors, and other employees responsible for rural carrier time and attendance recording, should become familiar with Article 9.2.K., Christmas Allowances and Procedures, of the 2015–2018 USPS/National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) Agreement.
This article describes the types of compensation to which rural carriers are entitled during the Christmas period. It also describes related timekeeping procedures and regulations for the Christmas period, as well as special rules which begin with the start of the Guarantee Year (October 15, 2016) and continue through the end of the Christmas period, (December 23, 2016).