Nonstandard Work Schedules: Staying FLSA Compliant

This payroll white paper identifies some common nonstandard scheduling arrangements, discusses the relevant Fair Labor Standards Act compliance requirements, and presents several case studies describing various creative approaches employers have taken to implement nonstandard scheduling arrangements, while ensuring compliance obligations are met.

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As the economy continues to recover from the recent recession, employers face challenges with employee retention and controlling employment-related costs. Some employers are addressing these issues by adopting more efficient work schedules, including nonstandard, or alternative, work schedules.

Generally, nonstandard work schedules have been defined as anything other than a 9-to-5 weekday shift. Nonstandard schedules include evening or night shifts, varying hours, rotating shifts, staggered and flexible schedules, or compressed and extended workweeks.

Even in good times, employers look for cost-effective ways to enhance the total compensation package to keep employees happy and productive. Nonstandard schedules can serve to boost morale. This type of scheduling is viewed as a way to control the costs attendant with absenteeism and to accommodate employee needs for time off during regular business hours. 

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