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Example 4 - The "Short Shift Change" (Continued)

  • Issued: April 2005
  • Content last reviewed: June 2009

b) Example of a Permitted Short Shift Change

Permitted Short Shift Change Schedule
Shift/Day Begins Ends
Sunday Off Off
Monday 8:00 am 4:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am 4:00 pm
Wednesday *8:00 am* *4:00 pm*
Thursday *4:00 am* *noon*
Friday 4:00 am noon
Saturday Off Off

In this example, the employee moves from working the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift to working the 4 a.m. to noon shift in the same work cycle.

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

Permitted 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 - 4 4-8 8-12 12-12 12 - 4 4-8 8-12 12-12 12 - 8 8 - 4 4 - 12
Off Off Off Off Work Off Off Work Off Off Work Off Off Work Work Off Off Work Work Off Work Off Off
not included Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 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 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 : 12
  4. 4th day: Thursday 8 a.m. to Friday 8 a.m.
    (Note: because the third day ended partway through a shift, the fourth day starts immediately after the end of the third day, i.e., partway through the same shift)
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 16
  5. 5th day: Friday 8 a.m. to Saturday 8 a.m.
    • Number of consecutive hours off : 20

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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