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Example 3 - Illustration Where There is an Irregular Schedule

  • Issued: April 2005
  • Content last reviewed: June 2009
Irregular Shift Schedule
Shift/Day Begins Ends
Sunday Off Off
Monday 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 2:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Saturday Off Off

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

Irregular Shift Schedule by 'Days'
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
12-8 8-4 4-12 12-8 8-4 4-12 12- 8 8-noon noon-8 8-12 12-8 8-noon noon-4 4-12 12-8 8-noon noon-2 2-10 10-12 12-noon noon-2 2-8 8-12 12-8 8-2 2-4 4-12
Off Off Off Off Work Off Off

Off

Work Off Off Work Work Off Off Off Off Work Off Off Work Work Off Off Off Off Off
not included Day 1 not included Day 2 Day 3 not included Day 4 Day 5 not included

(Note: in this chart, "Off" indicate time that the employee is free from work; "Work" means time the employee is not included performing work.)

  1. 1st day: Monday 8 a.m. to Tuesday 8 a.m.
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 16 (from 4 p.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday)
  2. 2nd day: Tuesday noon to Wednesday noon. (Note: The hours off between Tuesday 8 a.m. and Tuesday noon are not inc luded in any "day".)
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 12 (from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday)
  3. 3rd day: Wednesday noon to Thursday noon. (Note: Because the second day ended partway through a shift, the third day starts immediately after the end of the second day, i.e., partway through the same shift.)
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 20 (from 4 p.m. Wednesday to noon Thursday)
  4. 4th day: Thursday 2 p.m. to Friday 2 p.m. (Note: the hours off between Thursday noon and 2 p.m. are not included in any "day")
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 14 (from 10 p.m. Thursday to noon Friday)
  5. 5th day: Friday 2 p.m. to Saturday 2 p.m.
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 18 (from 8 p.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday)

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).

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