Shift Premium Pay
The University provides additional compensation for certain permanent employees whose regular work schedules occur during evening or night hours.
Permanent SHRA employees (including full-time, part-time, time-limited and probationary) are eligible for shift-premium pay as allowed under this policy.
Temporary SHRA and EHRA employees are not eligible for shift premium pay.
Permanent EHRA employees are not eligible for shift premium pay.
The shift premium pay rate is ten percent of the employee’s hourly rate.
If an employee is required to work a shift premium schedule on a holiday, the employee shall receive both shift premium pay and receive holiday premium pay, as provided in the “Holidays & Holiday Pay” policy.
To qualify for shift premium pay, more than half of the position’s regular, recurring work shift must occur between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. A “regular, recurring shift” is considered part of the job design and a basis for recruitment and employee performance expectations. Position eligibility for shift premium pay also shall be based on prevailing practices in the applicable labor market.
If more than half the scheduled work hours are between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., the employee receives shift premium pay for all of the hours worked on the shift, including the hours worked outside the 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. period. If the employee works extended hours beyond the regularly scheduled for premium shift, all of those hours will also qualify for shift premium pay.
For eligible employees who work recurring split shifts, shift premium pay is allowable only for the shift in which the majority of work hours fall between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
Shift premium pay is not considered a part of annual salary or the hourly rate for classification or personnel records purposes. It is, however, included in “gross pay” for required statutory deductions, such as Federal and State income tax withholding, Social Security and State Retirement.
Shift premium pay contributes to the employee’s “regular rate” for calculating overtime compensation. (See Wage-Hour Definitions for more information.)
Employees who are receiving shift premium pay should not have any premium-eligible overtime hours defaulted or converted to compensatory time. Only overtime pay should be used.
Shift premium pay is payable only for hours actually worked. It is not paid for hours accounted for through leave, paid time off, holidays, or other absences. Meal periods are not covered by shift premium pay and cannot be used in determining eligibility for shift premium pay.
If an employee regularly scheduled for a premium-eligible schedule works a shift outside that schedule that does not qualify for shift premium pay, then that employee will not receive shift premium pay for those hours.
The shift premium compensation is not provided for incidental work completed during evening or night hours. If an employee is not regularly scheduled to work a premium eligible shift but performs incidental work during premium-eligible hours, even if required by management, the employee will not receive shift premium pay for those hours, unless substituting for a shift worker, as defined below.