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Example 2 - Illustration Where There is a Regular 12-hour Shift Schedule

  • Issued: April 2005
  • Content last reviewed: June 2009
Regular 12-Hour Shift Schedule
Shift/Day Begins Ends
Sunday Off Off
Monday 6:00 am 6:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am 6:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am 6:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am 6:00 pm
Friday Off Off
Saturday Off Off

The "days" in this employee's work cycle are as follows:

Regular 12-hour Shift Schedule by 'Days'
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
12 - 6 6 - 6 6 - 12 12 - 6 6 - 6 6 - 12 12 - 6 6 - 6 6 - 12 12 - 6 6 - 6 6 - 12 12 - 6 6 - 6 6 - 12 12 - 6 6 - 6 6 - 12 12 - 6 6 - 6 6 - 12
Off Off Off Off Work Off Off Work Off Off Work Off Off Work Off Off Off Off Off Off Off
not included Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 not included

(Note: in this chart, "Off" indicate time that the employee is free from work; "Work" means time the employee is performing work.)

  1. 1st day: Monday 6 a.m. to Tuesday 6 a.m.
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 12
  2. 2nd day: Tuesday 6 a.m. to Wednesday 6 a.m.
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 12
  3. 3rd day: Wednesday 6 a.m. to Thursday 6 a.m.
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 12
  4. 4th day: Thursday 6 a.m. to Friday 6 a.m.
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 12

There are at least 11 consecutive hours off in each "day". As such, this schedule meets the requirements of s. 18(1). There are also at least eight hours off in between successive shifts that total more than 13 hours. As such, this schedule also meets the requirements of s. 18(3).

Note that while an employee with this kind of shift schedule may agree in writing to work more than twelve hours a day, thereby complying with s. 17 of the Act, their ability to do so is restricted by s. 18. For example, an employee with this kind of shift schedule may agree in writing to work an extra four hours after their regular 12-hour shift because a co-worker did not show up. While the requirements of s.17 (which permits employees to work in excess of their regular established work day that is longer than eight hours if they agree in writing to do so) and s. 18(3) (which permits employees to work successive shifts that together total more than 13 hours if they agree in writing to do so) are met, the requirements of s. 18(1) will not be met. The employee would have worked 16 hours in a "day", resulting in there being only eight consecutive hours free from work in that day.

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