Shift differential is additional compensation intended to recognize time worked outside of day shifts. Eligible job titles and hourly rates to be paid must be authorized by the Vice President, Human Resources or a designee, following University rules governing delegation of authority. All nonexempt employees in these titles who work at least 5 consecutive hours on shifts that begin on or after 2 p.m. and before 4 a.m. will be paid appropriate shift differential. Note: MU Health Care (Hospitals and Clinics) for purposes of this policy, is a separate organizational unit and thus does not follow this policy.
Time Period of Eligibility
Shift differential will be paid for all consecutive hours worked when the following criteria are satisfied:
- Work period begins on or after 2 p.m. and before 4 a.m. Work periods beginning on or after 4 a.m. or prior to 2 p.m. will not be paid shift differential. Exception: For work periods that extend over a continuous 12-hour period or longer, shift differential will be paid for all hours as long as 5 consecutive hours of the work period fall between 2 p.m. and 4 a.m.
- Work periods must be at least 5 consecutive hours in duration.
Call-in or call-back work assignments will be paid shift differential for hours worked or guaranteed subject to the same eligibility requirements as regular shifts (i.e., the call- in/call-back work period must start on or after 2 p.m. and before 4 a.m. and it must be at least 5 consecutive hours in duration.) Shift differential will not be paid on standby.
Employees having a nonexempt (hourly) employment status, as defined by the University’s official job title assigned to them, will be eligible to receive shift differential pay if the title held is authorized for shift differential pay regardless of FTE or benefit eligibility status. Titles eligible for shift differential must be authorized by the campus Human Resource Services and the Vice President, Human Resources or a designee. The specific titles authorized for shift differential may vary from campus to campus. Student employees (including high school students) are NOT eligible to receive shift differential pay (reference HR 204 for a list of student employee titles.)
Shift Differential Rates
Differential pay is an hourly rate paid for each consecutive hour or partial hour worked during the time period of eligibility. On an individual campus the shift differential rate may vary by job title as approved by the Vice President, Human Resources or a designee. Only one rate will be authorized per title on a campus. However, the shift differential rate assigned to a job title may vary from campus to campus, if approved by the Vice President, Human Resources or a designee.
The shift differential on hours worked must be included in determining overtime compensation.
Paid Time Off and Compensatory Hours Taken
Shift differential will apply to hours for paid time off such as sick leave, vacation, compensatory time, funeral leave, etc. if the employee is normally scheduled to work an eligible shift. However, the shift differential for paid time off hours will not be included in calculating overtime since only actual hours worked are included in determining overtime.
Lump sum payments of accrued vacation or compensatory time will be paid applicable shift differential if the employee is normally scheduled to work an eligible shift.
Date Created: 9/26/1997
Last Updated: 8/22/2010