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USPS Employee Tipping/Gift Receiving Policy

Every year USPS seems to blanket the news outlets with the policy regarding giving or receiving gifts for postal employees…this year is no different. In PEN’s opinion it seems fine for USPS to give/receive gifts between their management and HQ staff (all year long), but not okay for craft employees.

A PEN reader has reminded us of the following rules regarding this subject.

Employee Tipping/Gift Receiving Policy

All postal employees, including carriers, must comply with the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch. Under these federal regulations, carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a cus­tomer per occasion, such as Christmas. However, cash and cash equivalents, such as checks or gift cards that can be exchanged for cash, must never be accepted in any amount. Furthermore, no employee may accept more than $50 worth of gifts from any one customer in any one calen­dar year.

You may find this rule here.

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