U.S. Postal Service warns vaccine rules could affect deliveries
WASHINGTON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service raised concerns on Wednesday that the Biden administration’s new rules requiring large employers to require vaccinations or weekly COVID-19 testing could result in “high levels of absenteeism” and affect deliveries.
The 644,000-employee USPS said in a financial filing that complying with the new vaccine and testing rules known as an Emergency Temporary Standard, or ETS, “will be extremely challenging to implement and administer during the height of our peak season, particularly given its expedited schedule.”
Compliance, the USPS warned, “could result in labor challenges and high levels of absenteeism.” Some employees could opt to leave, which “could cause significant business disruptions, and could adversely impact service performance and result in lower mail volume and revenue.”