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Federal Wage System (FWS) Employees

Federal Wage System (FWS) Employees

Night Shift Differential

Part of basic pay. An FWS employee will be paid a rate shown below for regularly scheduled nightwork performed between the hours of 3 p.m. and 8 a.m. local time, including regularly scheduled overtime. Night differential is part of an FWS employee's basic pay. It is included in the computation of overtime pay, holiday pay, Sunday premium pay, retirement and group life insurance deductions and environmental differential.

Night shift differential rates. A night shift differential of 7 1/2 percent will be paid for the entire shift when a majority of the employee's regularly scheduled nonovertime hours of work fall between the hours of 3 p.m. and midnight.

An authorized night shift differential of 10 percent will be paid for the entire shift when a majority of the employee's regularly scheduled nonovertime hours of work fall between the hours of 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.

In computing night differential rate, any fraction of a cent must be counted as the next higher cent.

Overtime and night shift differential. When an employee who regularly works a night shift performs overtime work which extends into or falls entirely within a day shift, he or she is entitled to overtime pay computed on the night shift differential rate.

When overtime is performed on a nonworkday, the employee must receive overtime pay computed on the rate of the employee's last previous regularly scheduled shift.

When an employee who is regularly assigned to a rotating schedule involving work on both day and night shifts performs overtime work which extends or falls entirely within the succeeding shift, he or she is entitled to overtime pay computed on the rate of his or her regularly scheduled shift in effect for that calendar day.

When an employee regularly assigned to a rotating schedule performs work on a nonworkday, he or she is entitled to overtime pay computed on the average rate of basic pay for all regularly scheduled shifts during the basic workweek.

Night shift differential-temporary assignment to a different tour of duty. An employee regularly assigned to a day shift who is temporarily assigned to a night shift must be paid a night shift differential. An employee regularly assigned to a night shift, who is temporarily assigned to a day shift or to a night shift with a lower night shift differential (including a temporary detail for training purposes), will continue to receive the regular night shift differential.

An employee regularly assigned to a night shift, who is temporarily assigned to another night shift which has a higher differential, must be paid the higher differential if a majority of the employee's regularly scheduled nonovertime hours of work on the temporary shift fall within hours with the higher differential.

Night shift differential and substituting an employee. An FWS employee who renders occasional or irregular night service, as a substitute for another FWS employee on a regularly scheduled night shift, is entitled to night shift differential for nonovertime work.

Night shift differential when on leave. An FWS employee regularly assigned to a night shift will receive night shift differential for any period he or she is in a leave with pay status.

An employee regularly assigned to a rotating shift will be paid at the day rate during that portion of leave he or she is scheduled to work on a day shift and at the night shift rate during the portion of leave he or she is scheduled to work on a night shift. An employee who is changed irregularly from a day to a night shift will, while on leave with pay, be paid the shift rate assigned immediately prior to leave.

Night shift differential and part-time and intermittent employees. An employee on a regularly scheduled shift of less than eight hours is entitled to night differential if a majority of his or her hours are worked during a period in which night shift differential is payable.

Recording hours for which a night shift differential is paid. Night shift differential is payable in 15 minute increments rounded up to the nearest full quarter-hour; eight or more minutes must be rounded up to the next quarter-hour, and less than eight minutes will be considered part of the previous quarter-hour.

On-call And Standby Duty

The concepts of "on call" and "standby duty" are the same for GS and FWS employees (see Sections 10 and 12 respectively for a general discussion of each) but FWS employees are paid for standby differently than GS employees. Standby duty", for FWS employees, means scheduled overtime work in excess of 40 hours (exclusive of eating and sleeping hours). It is payable at the employee's usual overtime rate for actual hours worked.