How Do You Call In Sick At Usps? (phone, Online, Getting Fired, How Many Times + More)

Postal workers have to call in sick when they are sick according to the USPS. If they do not, they are fired and can not even collect their pay for the hours they did not work that day.

So, you might be wondering, how do you properly call in sick? Well, I researched the topic, and here’s everything I discovered about it!

How Do You Call In Sick At USPS In 2022?

When calling in sick, you will first need to access your online account via the eLRA and determine that you are eligible to take leave. Then, go ahead and request time off without pay (TFWP), and also advise your supervisor. You can also call in to the local post office and request leave before requesting to go without pay.

To learn more about the benefits of calling out sick and proper procedures for taking an unscheduled absence at USPS, be sure to keep reading!

How To Call In Sick At USPS Over The Phone

If you have been sick, just call in and say, “I’m sick”. The Interactive Voice Response system will tell you that you are not able to make your scheduled delivery and will suggest a time when you can make the next scheduled appointment.

Please request unscheduled leave by pressing four when prompted.

Finally, the line will confirm your service and the insurance company may then ask you to provide the name of the company you work for.

Your employee number is your employee identification number, you just need to show it to HR.

However, if you do not want to spend long time on recording your voice, you can use the built-in speaker.

When the phone call is complete, it will say whether your leave will be approved or not. Make sure to note the confirmation number so you can call back with that information for any future leave requests!

How To Call In Sick At USPS Online

In 2019, the USPS added an easier way for employees to call in sick online.

It is the only system that is used for all of the people who leave the company at the end of their employment contract.

Further, eLRA is accessible through the LiteBlue application, and its employees can access it by using their user identification numbers and passwords.

If you choose to leave early and your leave request has already been approved, the eLRA will allow you to modify the start or end date of the leave if you’ve selected that option.

Once you submit your request, the information is sent securely to the employee’s manager so that the manager can approve the request and also provide a record of the request.

You should note that the eLRA also gives you the ability to email an image of the paperwork to your boss so the HR department doesn’t have to spend time on the request.

For example, it allows you to see your request, which helps keep things organized and helps you avoid errors.

As a final note, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask your Manager, Supervisor, or Local Postmaster.

Can You Get Fired At USPS For Calling In Sick?

While there is technically a chance that you would be fired from a position as the U.S. Postal Service for calling in sick, it is not very likely.

There is no way I would get fired for calling in sick without there being progressive disciplinary actions taken because of multiple absences, but that’s a different problem.

Furthermore, you are given sick time as a part of your employment agreement. When you are sick, you can take it.

This was actually true in the US Postal Service.
But this law is in place to allow people to work in a safe and healthy environment.

First, the employee has the right to appeal the decision. The decision is appealed to the employee’s supervisors. If the employee is still not satisfied, the employee may appeal the decision to the Manager of Labor Relations.

How Many Times Can You Call In Sick USPS?

Employees of the US Post Office accrue four hours of sick leave per biweekly pay period.

On the other hand, employees who are employed on less than a full-time basis accrue one hour for every 20 hours worked per biweekly pay period.

Employees also earn up to 13 days of sick time per year, which is also known as paid vacation time.

I’m stuck trying to explain the difference to the audience.

It’s important to note that you only get 13 days of sick leave, but you can increase or decrease that number depending on your circumstance.

Not only are you not obligated to use all of the sick leave that you’ve accrued for the day, you can take additional sick time at your discretion.

In fact, you also have a chance to use leaves of absence to take time off from work.

Can You Request Days Off At USPS?

* eLRA is not designed to replace the leave balance calculation or approval process, as the eLRA does not calculate your entitlement to leave on the basis of the number of hours worked, or the number of hours you have taken leave in the year. In the eLRA, you can request leave for up to one year at a time.

This will show you a calendar where you can type in the days off you want for yourself and your team.

If you are granted an extension for absence, you may be eligible for a travel grant to cover your travel expenses.

When you first sign up, you can choose your business manager – someone who will handle the details of your application, for you. Make sure they have read the full job description before you apply, though. That way, they’ll know exactly what you’re up to.

Your manager or supervisor can then choose if they can grant your request for leave, or if they must deny it.

Do You Have To Have A Doctor’s Note To Call In Sick At USPS?

You do not need a doctor’s note to be absent from work. However, you can be requested by your supervisor to have one signed by a doctor.

This is because the US Post Office operates on a “deems desirable” sick leave policy, meaning that while your sick leave is not necessarily restricted, your manager can request a doctor’s note for an absence.

Yes – I am thinking about this question. It is essential to note that most unions try to mitigate the “deems desirable” system when advocating for employees!

If your boss asks for a doctor’s note, it may be because a company policy states that if they are working and you can’t show a doctor’s note, they will give you a full day of sick leave.

It’s important to also note that if your absence is less than three days or you have other reasons, your manager shouldn’t ask for medical documentation unless your absence is over three days.


After digging down a bit deeper, I discovered that the USPS is actually trying to comply to the U.S. DOL Overtime requirements. The problem is that they are trying to follow too much of that law, so the requirements are being interpreted differently.
1. The USPS is following (and attempting to be “nice”) during the holiday period.


you can call in a sick day at work from the internet.

In the event of a medical emergency, you must call in sick to the Interactive Voice Response System. You can either describe your injury or illness, or just say “emergency.” When you contact the Interactive Voice Response System, you must state the duration of your absence due to your illness or injury.

When you call the number, you will talk to a representative of the American Association of Retired Workers (AARP), a private employer-funded organization, but it’s the same organization that administers the EAP program and collects insurance data. The AARP representative will ask you a few questions about your health history, including if you’ve had cancer or if you’re taking medications, and she’ll offer you coverage on the spot if you’re eligible.

If you are feeling sick, use the LiteBlue app to go to the Enterprise Leave Request Application to submit all of the information for management.

After you submit your sick leave request through eLRA, you’ll get a confirmation email to keep as a record of your request.

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