Does the U.S. Postal Service have an unfair competitive advantage? – Washington Post

Special treatment from federal, state and local governments has given the U.S. Postal Service an unfair advantage over private-sector competitors such as the United Parcel Service and FedEx, according to an economic analysis released this week.

Robert Shapiro, a former top official at the Commerce Department and principal economic adviser to Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign, said in a report on Wednesday that USPS benefits from about $2 billion per year in tax exemptions, a monopoly on mail delivery and unique access to federal financing.

Supreme Court Issues Decision in Young v. UPS: A Duty To Accommodate Pregnant Employees? – JDSupra

The Supreme Court of the United States recently issued its decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.. Vacating and remanding the Fourth Circuit’s decision, the Court concluded that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) “requires courts to consider the extent to which an employer’s policy treats pregnant workers less favorably than it treats nonpregnant workers similar in their ability or inability to work” and that there was a genuine dispute regarding “whether UPS provided more favorable treatment to at least some employees whose situation cannot reasonably be distinguished from Young’s.” Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 575 U.S. ___ (2015).

Pregnant Workers Backed by U.S. Supreme Court in UPS Case – Bloomberg

The U.S. Supreme Court backed the rights of pregnant workers, reviving a lawsuit by a former United Parcel Service Inc. driver who had to leave her job after her doctor recommended she not lift heavy items.

The justices, voting 6-3, sent the case back for a possible trial, which would center on UPS’s reasons for refusing to offer Peggy Young light-duty work even while giving temporary assignments to workers recovering from on-the-job injuries.

UPS contended that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act leaves room for companies to have neutral policies like seniority systems and special preferences for workers who are injured on the job. A federal appeals court had backed UPS and thrown out the suit.

Delivery drones face technical hurdles on path to doorstep – The Australian

COMPANIES hoping to use drones to deliver small packages are confronting technical hurdles such as battery life and weather that are at least as vexing as proposed US regulatory limits.

Retail and shipping companies including Amazon.com, Alibaba Group, and Deutsche Post have been among the most enthusiastic supporters, seeing drones as potentially transforming their businesses.

But hurdles including short battery life and unreliable location data suggest it could be years before armies of drones replace FedEx and UPS vans. Companies also face obstacles such as bad weather, aggressive birds and gun-toting neighbours.

UPS CEO’s 2014 Total Compensation More Than Doubles – RTT News

Abney received a total compensation of $8.36 million, including base salary, stock grants and incentives in 2014, compared to the $4.08 million he received in 2013, and $5.33 million he got in 2012.

UPS said the executive compensation increases reflect a change in the company’s long-term incentive performance award program and changes in pension value stemming from lower discount rates and changes in other assumptions.