By Reg Jones
December 5th, 2011 | Reductions in force
Q: The U.S. Postal Service wants to lay off senior employees first. I thought in a layoff situation the junior employees are removed first.
Can they do that if you are a federal civil employee? Will I have the option to retire first before they do this? I have 32 years of service and I don’t want to lose those precious years and my pension. The postal service is saying it’s in dire straits, but they are still hiring people at headquarters and the plants. How and Why is it doing this if it’s so broke? What should I do?
A: Reductions-in-force are designed to reduce the number of employees needed at certain levels and/or in specific occupations. RIFs can be agency wide or targeted at specific geographic locations. Bump and retreat rights to other positions are based on several factors, including: veterans preference, seniority and performance ratings. If you are given a specific RIF notice and have the combination of age and service needed for immediate or early retirement, you can retire.
Tags: Postal Service
dennis gerik Says:
November 23rd, 2012 at 11:30 pm
you state in your answer on a rif in the usps, that if you have the age and years, you can voluntarily retire or take early retirement.if yo have the age (59), and years (28) under Fers, would you be penalized to retire before age 60 w/20 yrs, and would you still get the special retirement supplement till age 62.