If an employee from the day shift works late, are they entitled to the shift differential?

The term shift differential generally refers to additional compensation given to employees who work hours outside a standard shift. Ultimately, it depends on the the terms of differentials as explained in your company’s policies as to whether an employee from the day shift is eligible for shift differential. Example If you offer a differential for […]

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The term shift differential generally refers to additional compensation given to employees who work hours outside a standard shift. Ultimately, it depends on the the terms of differentials as explained in your company’s policies as to whether an employee from the day shift is eligible for shift differential.

Example

If you offer a differential for employees who work after 6 p.m., then the employee who works late may be entitled to that differential.

However, you can avoid paying unexpected differentials like this one by simply clarifying that differentials are only available to employees working previously assigned shifts, as opposed to employees who may have switched shifts or stayed late.

Conclusion

Differentials are generally available to all employees who work qualifying shifts, unless specific exceptions are noted in your company’s policy.

Helpful Link:

Understanding How Shift Differentials Affect Overtime – JJKeller.com

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