Shift Differential

Last Updated 07/12
Applies to Staff

Policy

Shift differential is a cents-per-hour amount or percentage added to the base pay hourly rate for non-exempt staff employees scheduled to work at least six (6) consecutive hours starting no earlier than 2:00 p.m. and no later than 2:00 a.m. The decision for departments to pay shift differential is based on the nature of the work and industry standard for that particular department. Any department that wishes to develop and use a shift differential program should request the assistance of their HR Consultant or the HR Compensation to establish practices that are consistent across the University.

Procedures

In those departments choosing to pay shift differential, staff employees scheduled to work at least six (6) consecutive hours starting no earlier than 2:00 p.m. and no later than 2:00 a.m. receive shift differential.

Shift differential is paid only for hours worked and is not included in the calculation of paid time off.

Holiday Impact on Overtime Pay

When non-exempt employees are required to work on a University recognized holiday (either on the actual holiday or on the day in which that holiday is observed) they can either be given an alternate day off within that pay period or be paid for all hours worked plus holiday time. Holiday time does not count toward the 40 hour per week required to qualify for overtime pay. For example: If an employee works Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (40 hours) and Friday is a holiday, the employee would be paid for 48 hours straight time. If an employee works both the actual and observed day of a University recognized holiday, the employee will be paid for all hours worked and will receive either one alternate day off within that pay period or holiday pay.

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