Postal Clerk Info

Uniform Program Information

931.1 Entitlement and Allowances

931.11 Entitlement

Certain employees must wear prescribed uniforms in performing their duties. These employees are entitled (a) to a uniform allowance to purchase authorized uniform items or (b) to be furnished uniforms that meet Postal Service specifications.

{You cannot be made to purchase your own uniforms, if you are required to wear a uniform they must provide it}.

ELM 931.2 Purpose and Scope 931.21 Uniforms

Uniforms are provided to certain employees for the following reasons:

To provide immediate visual identification with the Postal Service to the public.
To project an appearance to the public that is neat, professional, and pleasing.
To help develop in the employee a feeling of esprit de corps.
To meet standard professional practices (doctors, nurses, etc.).
931.26 Responsibility of Employees

931.261 Appearance

Postal employees are responsible for being adequately and properly dressed for duty. They are expected to maintain high standards of appearance, representing to the public the best tradition of service and efficiency while performing their official duties. Uniform garments should be properly fitted and maintained in a clean, neat, and serviceable condition. Jeans, shorts, sleeveless tops, T–shirts, sweats, spandex, etc., are not appropriate attire for employees working at a retail counter. This list is not meant to be exhaustive.

931.262 Conforming With Regulations

Uniformed employees are responsible for conforming with all uniform regulations.

931.263 When to Wear Uniforms

Uniforms are worn as follows:

General. A uniform is worn only while the employee is on duty, in connection with approved activities directly related to postal employment.

Special Authorization. Postmasters may authorize wearing postal uniforms for activities in which the Postal Service participates, or which it sponsors, where identification with the Postal Service is beneficial to the Service, and while the employee is traveling directly to and from work.

Restrictions. In no other case may the postal employee’s uniform, or any part of it that identifies the garment or wearer with the Postal Service, be worn in nonpostal employment or activities.

931.264 Postal Service Emblem

The Postal Service emblem may not be worn except by uniformed postal employees as part of the prescribed uniform except in the following circumstances:

Postmasters and other installation heads may permit the voluntary wearing of the Postal Service emblems by a postal employee who has daily personal contact with the public, but who is not required to wear a uniform.

In all other situations, specific authorization is obtained through administrative channels from Labor Relations.

•Non-career employees (except CCAs) are not eligible for a uniform allowance. If a manager, supervisor, postmaster, or OIC of the unit would like to provide a uniform, they can locally purchase uniforms using funds that are provided to each local office (SmartPay purchase card or IMPAC card).

Postal Uniforms and Products