Compressed Work Schedules

Compressed work schedules have a basic work requirement of 80 hours in a biweekly pay period for full-time employees. For part-time employees, the basic work requirement is less than 80 hours which may be scheduled for less than 10 workdays.

The tour of duty is defined by the particular schedule the installation or organization chooses to establish. For all compressed work schedules, the tour of duty is arranged in such a way that employees on
these schedules will fulfill their basic work requirements in less than 10 days during the biweekly pay period.

Three types of compressed work schedules are:

  1. Four-day Workweek
  2. Three-day Workweek
  3. 5-4/9 Plan

Supervisors should be cautioned that compressed work schedules place more responsibility on both supervisors and employees and requires a greater measure of trust and confidence between parties.

Refer to regulatory guidance on how to deal with overtime and other premium pay provisions, compensatory time off, leave,
excused absence,
holidays, temporary duty, and travel when compressed schedules are established.

Content last reviewed: 6/19/2006-FMJ

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