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H.R. Questions: Is a 9/80 work schedule a good idea?

This is a good schedule for many companies. There are a few ways to get around overtime if you can manage the schedule. Some people do four 10 hour days. Others do four 9 hour days and one 4 hour day.

Here is a great explanation https://www.fisherphillips.com/news-insights/wage-and-hour-laws-blog/what-is-a-9-80-pay-plan.html

Here is an example of a 9/80 work schedule. The starting and ending days/times of each 7 day period are up to you. This is just an example.

Workweek runs from Friday at 1 pm to Friday at 12 noon.   https://www.replicon.com/customer-zone2/kb-4483/

First Week

Monday: 7-12 and 1-5 with an unpaid lunch break in-between (9 hours total)

Tuesday: Same

Wednesday: Same

Thursday: Same (for a total of 36 hours)

Friday: 8-12 (first week ends) + 1-5 (second week starts)

Saturday: Off

Sunday: Off

Second Week

Monday: 7-12 and 1-5 with an unpaid lunch break in between (9 hours total)

Tuesday: Same

Wednesday: Same

Thursday: Same (for a total of 40 hours including the four hours worked the previous Friday)

Friday: Off

Saturday: Off

Sunday: Off

Keep in mind that this is just one example of a 9/80 work schedule. As an alternative, you could have employees start at 8:00 a.m. and work until 6 p.m. That would still allow for the requisite nine hours in one day.

 

Here is a sample policy from the City of Houston. https://www.houstontx.gov/ara/policies/Alternative_Work_Schedules.pdf

 

I hope this helps!

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Lisa Smith, SPHR, SHRM – SCP
Certified EEO Investigator (EEOC)
Lead Support and Content Chief – HelpDeskforHR.com
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