MSPB Issues Precedent-Setting Decision in NRP Cases

Postal workers who were injured on the job won an important victory on Feb. 24, when the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) issued a precedent-setting decision [PDF] in the case of James C. Latham et al v USPS. The ruling has important implications for postal workers who were affected by the Postal Service’s National Reassessment […]

MSPB Issues Decision In Postal Employees NRP Cases

Latham et al. raise the following legal issues: (1) May a denial of restoration be “arbitrary and capricious” within the meaning of 5 C.F.R. § 353.304(c) solely for being in violation of the U.S. Postal Service’s own internal rules; and (2) what is the extent of the agency’s restoration obligation under its own internal rules, […]

MSPB to Hear Oral Arguments in NRP Appeals On December 13th

On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, MSPB will hear oral arguments in the matters of James C. Latham v. U.S. Postal Service, MSPB Docket Number DA-0353-10-0408-I-1; Ruby N. Turner v. U.S. Postal Service, MSPB Docket Number SF-0353-10-0329-I-1; Arleather Reaves v. U.S. Postal Service, MSPB Docket Number CH-0353-10-0823-I-1; Cynthia E. Lundy v. U.S. Postal Service, MSPB Docket […]

USPS Ends National Reassessment Process (NRP) For Injured On Duty Postal Employees

From reader: National Reassessment Process is Dead! Finally!  The attached notice is all we’re going to get?  Note that the phrase “adequate work” has replaced NRP’s “necessary work.”  This is consistent with ELM 546.  The MSPB picked up on that. As reported several months ago, USPS is referring to NRP as ELM 546. […]

MSPB Accepting Amicus Briefs in Postal Workers’ National Reassessment Process Cases

Thanks to a reader for alerting us to this notice. The Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) has announced an opportunity for interested parties to file amicus briefs (Literally, friend of the court. A person with strong interest in or views on the subject matter of an action, but not a party to the action) […]

NALC Branch: 80+ Carriers Under NRP Returned to Work Will Cost USPS Nearly $2 Million Note: The Letter Carriers cited below were sent home under the USPS “National Reassessment Process”  (which has now been renamed “ELM546″ program). Some of the Letters Carriers have been sent home AGAIN by USPS after only two weeks back at work. According to Robert Rutter, President, NALC Branch #1111 in its June 2011 Newsletter. […]

Federal Disability Retirement for Postal Employees: Does the NRP Guarantee Success?

Editorial by Attorney Robert R. McGill, an exclusive to In preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS, one of the issues which always must be confronted is whether or not the U.S. Postal Service can accommodate an individual’s medical conditions, and the letters which are issued by the […]

APWU Issues Clarification On Types Of NRP Grievances Held Pending Outcome At National Level

Director of Industrial Relations Mike Morris has clarified the types of local- and regional-level grievances regarding the National Reassessment Process (NRP) that should be held in abeyance pending the outcome of Step 4 disputes at the national level. In a Dec. 16, 2010, memo [PDF] to APWU regional coordinators and national business agents, Morris outlined […]

Editorial: 10 Tips to Remember When Filing for Postal Disability Retirement Benefits

Article written exclusively for by Robert R. McGill,Esq. Whether you call it “Postal Disability Retirement”, “Federal Disability Retirement”, or “OPM Disability Retirement”, the available options under the National Reassessment Program all lead to the same road:  the injured Postal Worker is being squeezed out of the workplace, and it is time to secure one’s […]