When an employee is injured at work, many
forms will be placed in front of the employee to sign. Most will
be the standard forms. One will be slipped in and it is PS Form 2488.
This an authorization for medical report. Under no circumstances
should this form be signed. It gives postal management the authority
to dig into all your medical records from birth until today.
of this medical information postal management has no business knowing.
If management says an employee needs to sign this form in order to process
their claim easier, this is totally false. This is your private record
and management has no right to do it. DO NOT ALLOW THEM THIS ACCESS.
If a compensation claim ensues from an injury, the inspection service would
use this to pry into your private life in order to find something to get
you, the employee.
Remember, DO NOT SIGN PS FORM 2488. An employee
has a perfect right not to sign this form.
As a reminder, it is always
best for an employee to read any form placed in front of them by management.
If an employee has a concern, ask for a union steward to be present to
answer your questions.