Postal Clerk Info
Clerk Travel

Q. Am I on-the-clock driving to and from work?

A. No. Commuting to and from work at your assigned duty station is a normal part of employment.

ELM Manual 438.12 Commuting To and From Work

438.121 Regular Commuting

Commuting time before or after the regular workday between an employee’s home and official duty station or any other location within the local commuting area is a normal incident of employment and is not compensable. It is not compensable regardless of whether the employee works at the same location all day or commutes home after the workday from a location different from the one where the workday started.

Q. Is my travel on-the-clock if I am called back to work after completing my regular workday?

A. It is not compensable {Compensable= You receive compensation for your time} if called back to your regular work site. But, if you are called back to work at a different work location than your normal work site, then it is compensable travel.

ELM Manual 438.122 Commuting to a Different Worksite

Commuting time to and from work is not compensable when an employee is called back to work after the completion of the regular workday. However, such commuting time is compensable if the employee is called back to work at a location other than his or her regular work site.

Q. Am I on-the-clock when I finish working at one location, and travel from one office to another with no break in service {You do not have at least 1 hour totally relieved of duty, not including the time it takes to drive to the second office}?

A. Yes, you are on-the-clock when traveling from one work location to another, when there is no break in service. If there is a break in service then the travel time is not compensable.

ELM Manual 438.132 Travel From Job Site to Job Site

The following applies to travel from job site to job site:
a.Rule. Time spent at any time during a service day by an eligible employee in travel from one job site to another without a break in duty status within a local commuting area is compensable. (See 438.123, which makes the travel time noncompensable as commuting time when there is a break in duty status between the work performed in different locations.)

b.Eligibility. This type of travel time is compensable for all employees during their established hours of service on a scheduled workday. At all other times, this type of travel time is compensable only for FLSA–nonexempt employees who are entitled to receive overtime pay.

Q. Am I on-the-clock if asked to travel to a location outside my local commuting area{within 50 miles of your home office}?

A. Yes, your travel is on-the-clock if you are required to travel outside your local commuting area.

ELM Manual 438.133 One–Day Assignment Outside the Local Commuting Area

The following applies to 1–day assignments outside the local commuting area:
a.Rule. Except as stated in the next sentence, time spent at any time during a single service day by an eligible employee who is traveling on Postal Service business to one or more locations outside of the local commuting area and back to the home community is compensable. Time spent commuting in either direction between home and an airport, bus terminal, or railroad station within the local commuting area, if it occurs outside of established hours of service on a scheduled workday, and the usual mealtime, must be deducted from compensable travel time.

b.Eligibility. This type of travel time is compensable for all employees during their established hours of service on a scheduled workday. At all other times, this type of travel time is compensable only for bargaining unit and nonexempt nonbargaining unit employees.

Q. Am I on-the-clock while driving to deliver Express Mail, transport missent Mail, etc.?

A. Yes, you are on-the-clock whenever you perform work. Driving is work.

Q. Is my travel time on-the-clock when I am traveling to centralized training?

A. Yes, your travel is on-the-clock when attending job related training.

APWU Contract Article 36.2.C

All travel for job-related training will be considered compensable work hours.
{The preceding Article, Article 36, shall apply to PSEs}

Q. I have been told that when I drive my personal vehicle I can get either Mileage, or on-the-clock pay for driving, but not both. Is that true?

A. No it is not true. Whenever you drive your own vehicle on USPS business you are entitled mileage payment to pay for your gas and wear on your vehicle. On-the-clock pay while driving is your pay for your labor because you are working for USPS {as long as the travel is compensable as noted in above questions}.

Please note that this information is presented in question and answer format, as the questions are often asked on social media or internet forums. The information is not a Q&A document agreed on between USPS and APWU, however references are made to the elm manual and contract for clerks to use in discussing or filing grievances.