Employee Labor Relations Manual (ELM)
432.32 Maximum Hours Allowed
Except as designated in labor agreements for bargaining unit employees or in emergency situations as determined by the postmaster general (or designee), employees may not be required to work more than 12 hours in 1 service day. In addition, the total hours of daily service, including scheduled workhours, overtime, and mealtime, may not be extended over a period longer than 12 consecutive hours. Postmasters and exempt employees are excluded from these provisions.
434.11 General In emergencies or as the needs of the service require, the postmaster or installation head may require employees to perform work that is in excess of 8 paid hours in a day or 40 paid hours in a week. a. The overtime limits in 432.32 may not be exceeded.
Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM)
The overtime limits in Article 8.5.G apply only to full-time regulars and full-time flexible employees. However, Part 432.32 of the Employee & Labor Relations Manual (ELM) provides the following rule: Except as designated in labor agreements for bargaining unit employees or in emergency situations as determined by the PMG (or designee), part-time flexible employees may not be required to work more than twelve hours in one service day. In addition, the total hours of daily service, including scheduled work hours, overtime, and mealtime, may not be extended over a period longer than twelve consecutive hours. Because the above referenced regulation limits total daily service time to twelve hours, including work and mealtime, an employee is effectively limited to twelve hours (minus mealtime) per day of work. The collective bargaining agreement creates exceptions to the general rule established under ELM 432.32. The only exception to this rule in the APWU National Agreement is for full-time employees on the overtime desired list who, in accordance with Article 8.5.G, “may be required to work up to twelve hours in a day.” Since “work” does not include mealtime within the meaning of Article 8.5.G, the “total hours of daily service” for full-time employees on the overtime desired list may extend over a period of twelve hours plus mealtime. This exception does not apply to full-time regulars who are not on the overtime desired list. The restrictions of Section 432.32 of the ELM also apply to Postal Support Employees.