Postal ServiceTM managers must effectively
manage rural carriers who work under the provisions of the Fair Labor
Standards Act (FLSA) section 7(b)(2). These carriers are paid overtime
for all hours actually worked in excess of 2,080, up to 2,240, within
the 52-consecutive-week guarantee period.
If a carrier works more than 2,240
hours within the guarantee period, the agreement under FLSA, section 7(b)(2),
is considered void, and the carrier must be compensated for all hours
worked during the guarantee period in accordance with FLSA, section 7(a).
It is important that we make every
effort to minimize the number of hours carriers work over 2,080 and strictly
monitor these carriers to ensure that no carrier works in excess of 2,240
actual work hours.
Last year's guarantee period was
from Saturday, October 30, 2004, through Friday, October 28, 2005. The
guarantee period for this year runs from Saturday, October 29, 2005, through
Friday, October 27, 2006.
— Rural Delivery,
Delivery and Retail, 10-27-05