Shift Differential

The payment of a shift differential is appropriate when overtime-eligible, non-bargaining unit employees, and occasionally, exempt employees by prior agreement and because of their job description, are regularly scheduled to work an evening, night or weekend shift. To receive the shift differential, the employee must work at least one full hour after 5:00 p.m. or anytime on a Saturday or Sunday. For example, if someone is regularly scheduled to work a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, they would receive the differential for the Saturday hours worked; someone who is scheduled to work a 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. shift would receive the differential for the hours worked after 5:00 p.m.

Employees who temporarily substitute on a shift that already qualifies for shift differential shall receive the shift differential. Shift differential for part of a regular shift is also appropriate.

Note: A shift differential is not appropriate for flexible work schedules arranged at an employee’s request.

Last updated: 04/16/2009