Policy Guidelines for Alternative Work Schedules Developed in Conjunction with the Dunn Memorial Bridge Ramp Closures
Most alternative work schedules are one of the following types:
- Staggered hours — a schedule where groups of employees begin and end the work day at different, set intervals;
- Compressed workweek — a schedule in which a full week is worked in less than five days;
- Compressed pay period — a schedule in which a full pay period is worked in less than 10 days.
Agencies are free to choose any of the above alternative work schedules for employees who are affected by the Dunn Memorial Bridge ramp closures. We wish to remind agencies of the need to:
- Review the program impact of the establishment of an alternative work schedule;
- Record the number of hours worked for each day of the schedule and the number of days per week;
- Establish a set starting time or range of starting times available each day as well as effective starting dates;
- Identify the total number of employees who intend to participate in alternative work schedules;
- Ensure that supervision, adequate coverage, meal periods and an appropriate record of employee attendance are maintained;
- Ensure that overtime eligible employees involved in compressed pay periods work or charge credits for a minimum of 37 ½ or 40 hours in each workweek;
- Consult with union representatives whose employees are participating in the schedule;
- Record the objections, if any, of unions to the establishment of alternative work schedules;
- Decide whether or not an employee has the right to return to his/her former schedule prior to the anticipated ending date of the schedule and notify the employee of that decision;
- Refrain from the creation of new positions, the reclassification of positions or incurring overtime costs as the result of an alternative work schedule.
Agencies interested in developing other types of alternative work schedules or who have additional questions should call the Attendance and Leave Unit at (518) 457-2295.