Congressmen Darrell Issa and Dennis Ross’ amendment to its Postal Reform bill will require USPS to “separate” all retirement eligible employees prior to laying off any workers not yet eligible for a pension, and to “separate” the most senior of them first:
(II) the term ‘‘non-retirement-eligible employee’’ means an employee who is not a retirement-eligible employee.
(ii) GENERAL RULE.—A reduction in force under this subsection shall not result in the separation of any non-retirement-eligible employee before a retirement-eligible
(iii) LENGTH OF SERVICE.—In determining the order for the separation of competing retirement-eligible employees, individuals shall be separated in descending order based on length of service.
(E) SEVERANCE PAY.—A retirement-eligible employee who is separated pursuant to a reduction in force under this subsection shall not, by virtue of that separation, be eligible for any payment in the nature of severance pay.
(F) LIMITATION ON REEMPLOYMENT.—An employee described in subparagraph (D)(i)(I) who has been separated pursuant to a reduction in force under this subsection may not be offered reemployment in any position for which any employee, or former employee, of the Postal Service who is described in subparagraph (D)(i)(II)—
(i) has applied; and
(ii) is qualified and available.
(4) REGULATIONS.—Any regulations necessary to carry out this subsection shall be prescribed by the Office of Personnel Management not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.