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Rural Carrier Guarantee Period

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