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Ethics rules for supplemental jobs

USPS employees cannot take a second job with any organization that delivers mailable matter or packages.

The Postal Service is reminding employees to follow its ethics rules when considering supplemental employment with other organizations.

For instance, employees are prohibited from taking a second job with any company that manufactures uniforms or other products for USPS.

Employees also cannot serve as a consultant on postal operations, programs or procedures, and they may not engage in any sales activity — including the solicitation of business or the receipt of orders while on duty — in uniform or at any postal facility.

Additionally, employees are prohibited from working for companies that:

• Transport mail under a postal contract to or from the USPS facility where the employee works;

• Deliver mailable matter or packages; and

• Operate as a commercial mail receiving agency, such as a UPS Store.

Employees considering working for Whole Foods, Amazon Fresh, Twitch or other Amazon subsidiaries should contact the USPS Ethics Office for guidance.

Similarly, employees must obtain the office’s permission before taking a job with — or doing business with — any person or organization that has official dealings with the Postal Service or whose interests are affected by postal rates, fees or classifications.

To request approval, an employee should submit a completed a supplemental employment approval form to the Ethics Office.

Employees who have questions should call the ethics helpline at 202-268-6346 or send an email to