USPS ELM Revision: Uniform Requirements

Effective February 14, 2019, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), sections 932.11g and 932.22b, to reflect changes in uniform requirements.

Under revised section 932.11g, the type of postal retail personnel required to wear the prescribed uniform while performing work duties now includes postmasters at Cost Ascertainment Group (CAG) A-K Post Offices. Their official assignment must be at a retail counter for a minimum of 4 hours daily for 5 days per week on a continuing basis, or for not less than 30 hours weekly.

Under revised section 932.22b, Postal Support Employees (PSEs), upon conversion to career status, are not required to wait 90 days for uniform eligibility. They are considered present career employees in the regular work force who are assigned into a uniform category and have completed their 90-day probationary period.

Although the Postal Service will publish these revisions in the ELM at a later date, the standards are effective immediately.

Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM)

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9 Labor Relations

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930 Work Clothes and Uniforms

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932 Uniform Requirements

932.1 Employees Required to Wear Uniforms and Work Clothes

932.11 Regular Uniforms

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[Revise the first sentence of item g. to read as follows:]

g. Retail personnel, including postmasters at Cost Ascertainment Group (CAG) A-K Post Offices, whose official assignment at a retail counter is for a minimum of 4 hours daily for 5 days per week on a continuing basis, or not less than 30 hours per week.***

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932.2 Uniforms Not Required

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932.22 Ninety-Day Requirement Exemptions

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[Add a new last sentence to item b. to read as follows:]

b. ***This exemption includes Postal Support Employees (PSEs) who upon conversion to career status are not required to serve a 90-day probationary period.

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The Postal Service will incorporate these revisions into the next edition of the online ELM, which is available on the Postal Service PolicyNet website:

Go to blue.usps.gov.

In the left-hand column under “Essential Links,” click PolicyNet.

Go to the right-hand side under “Published Forms and Directives.”

Click Manuals.

The direct URL for the Postal Service PolicyNet website is blue.usps.gov/cpim.


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