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FM Shift Differential Program FAQs

Q: Why are we making this change?

A: The “carry-over” concept of the existing program did not align with industry standards and could not be replicated in Workday. It was challenging to explain, as well as costly and timely to administer.

Q: Is this change being made to cut costs?

A: No. In fact, the analysis showed that more employees will benefit from the change.

Q: Will this change impact my work schedule?

A: The shift program defines how employees are paid premiums for their hours worked. Managers define work schedules to meet operational needs.

Q: Will my pay be negatively affected by the change?

A: An extensive analysis occurred, reviewing every individual employee’s typical work schedule to compare current state shift differential payment to future state shift differential payment. Employees who were found to be negatively impacted by the change will receive a pay adjustment.

Q: What schedules/hours are shift eligible?

A: The new shift program awards premium for all hours worked when the majority of an employee’s work schedule falls between the evening, night, and/or weekend hours.

  • Day: 7 a.m.–3 p.m. (not eligible for premium)
  • Evening: 3 p.m.–11 p.m.
  • Night: 11 p.m.–7 a.m.
  • Weekend: Hours from 12 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday

Q: Why was the majority of hours rule decided as the best choice?

A: Compensating employees based on a majority of hours rule is an industry best practice. In conducting the compensation analysis, it best aligned with our current program.

Q: When is the change effective?

A: The first pay period of 2019 (12/24/18 – 1/6/19) where time will be entered in legacy systems (AiM/Oracle), loaded into Workday, and available in the 1/11/19 paycheck.

Q: Are premiums amounts staying the same?

A: We took this opportunity to review market rates. Based on this review, the hourly differential rate will remain the same for evening shift, weekend day, and weekend evening. The night shift and weekend night shift will increase by $.50/hour for all employees.

Q: Are there other changes planned?

A: With the launch of Workday, FM leadership determined that employees would utilize the technology to enter their own time/leave with respect to employee pay/compensation. AiM will continue to be used to track/manage how time is applied to work orders in a more simplified manner. More details regarding these changes are being announced and training will be scheduled in November and December.