As we deck the halls and exchange tokens of appreciation during this festive season, let's not forget the unsung heroes who tirelessly deliver our mail—postal workers. While expressing gratitude is a wonderful sentiment, it's essential to navigate the holiday tipping terrain with respect for established guidelines. 


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According to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, postal employees, including carriers, are permitted to accept gifts from customers, with a cap of $20 per occasion, such as Christmas. This regulation allows us to show our appreciation without creating undue burdens.

However, it's crucial to tread carefully. The guidelines explicitly state that cash and cash equivalents, such as checks or gift cards exchangeable for cash, must never be accepted, regardless of the amount. This ensures that the relationship between customers and postal workers remains rooted in professionalism and integrity.


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Additionally, the federal regulations set a yearly limit—no postal employee may accept gifts exceeding $50 in value from any single customer within a calendar year. This limitation encourages a fair and equitable distribution of appreciation, preventing any potential conflicts of interest.

So, as you consider expressing your gratitude to your diligent postal worker this holiday season, remember to keep it within the established guidelines. A thoughtful gesture or gift under $20 ensures you're acknowledging their hard work while respecting the boundaries set to maintain the integrity of their role.

 In the spirit of the season, let's make sure our gestures of gratitude align with the principles of ethical conduct.

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