Agencies have allowed their telework-ready employees to work from home to the fullest extent possible this week, and for the next few weeks to come, in some cases, following the Trump administration’s latest coronavirus guidance over the weekend.
For most of the Postal Service’s 600,000-employee workforce, however, work carries on as usual albeit in a heightened state of vigilance.
In the meantime, the Postal Service has released new guidance on steps supervisors and managers can take to mitigate the threat, while postal employees and unions continue to seek answers.
USPS, in updated guidance released last Friday, urged supervisors and managers to “allow liberal sick leave for employees who are sick.”
“While there is still much to learn about the unfolding situation involving the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low for the general American public,” USPS wrote in the memo.