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Example 4 - The "Short Shift Change"

  • Issued: April 2005
  • Content last reviewed: January 2018

a) Example of a Prohibited Short Shift Change

Prohibited Short Shift Change Schedule
Shift/Day Begins Ends
Sunday Off Off
Monday 8 a.m. 4 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. 4 p.m.
Wednesday *8 a.m.* *4 p.m.*
Thursday *12 a.m.* *8 a.m.*
Friday 12 a.m. 8 a.m.
Saturday 12 a.m. 8 a.m.

In this example, the employee moves from working the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift to working the midnight to 8 a.m. shift in the same work cycle. The "days" in this employee's work cycle are as follows:

Prohibited Short Shift Change 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 - 4 4 - 12 12 - 8 8 - 4 4 - 12 12 - 8 8 - 4 4 - 12 12 - 8 8 - 4 4 - 12 12 - 8 8 - 4 4 - 12
Off Off Off Off Work Off Off Work Off Off Work Off Work Off Off Work Off Off Work Off Off
not included Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 not included Day 4 Day 5

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

  1. 1st day: Monday 8 a.m. to Tuesday 8 a.m.
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 16
  2. 2nd day: Tuesday 8 a.m. to Wednesday 8 a.m.
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 16
  3. 3rd day: Wednesday 8 a.m. to Thursday 8 a.m.
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 8
  4. 4th day: Friday 12:00 a.m. to Saturday 12:00 a.m. (Note: the hours off between Thursday 8 a.m. and Friday 12:00 a.m. are not included in any "day".)
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 16
  5. 5th day: Saturday 12:00 a.m. to Sunday 12:00 a.m.
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 16

There is no period of 11 consecutive hours off in the third "day": The "day" is Wednesday 8 a.m. to Thursday 8 a.m. During that day, which is when the short shift change occurred, the employee worked 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., was off from 4 p.m. to midnight (eight hours) and then went back to work from midnight to 8 a.m. The employee received only eight consecutive hours off. While this schedule meets the requirements of section 18(3), it does not meet the requirements of section 18(1).

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