I've just run into an odd scheduling situation, in which I'm not sure how the relevant contract provisions will interact (assuming they apply). Background first: I'm a non-exempt employee under a union contract. The contract includes a rule regarding split shifts -- it says they're prohibited. It also gives a rule that says work on a 6th day of the week is to be compensated at time-and-a-half. Workweeks are Sunday through Saturday.
Now the specific case:
My schedule as originally posted included four work shifts: Tuesday (8 hours, early AM); Tuesday-Wednesday (8 hours, late night to early AM), Thursday (early AM), Saturday (early AM). I voluntarily agreed with a request to add a 5-hour shift Saturday evening, before the workweek began. Now, during the workweek, I've been asked to add a 4-hour Friday mid-afternoon shift.
The combination of a Tuesday and Tuesday-Wednesday shifts is unusual, but I've understood it to be permissible under the contract since (a) the shifts occur more than 8 hours apart, and (b) the shifts occur over two calendar days (basically, one counts as a Tuesday shift and one counts as a Wednesday shift).
I had not initially regarded the Saturday shifts as raising a "split shift" issue, since those are also scheduled with more than 8 hours between them. In light of the late addition of a Friday shift, I'm now wondering about that....
....because if it's *not* a split shift, then the Friday shift is my sixth separate shift in the same workweek, and management generally doesn't hand those out because that sixth shift normally triggers time-and-a-half pay even if one isn't working more than 40 hours.
OTOH, if one goes strictly by contract language ("sixth day in a workweek"), the time-and-a-half provision may not click in, since all of the shifts in question occur over a five-day period (Tuesday-Saturday), with no hours Sunday or Monday. But if that's the case, then the early and late Saturday hours start to look like a "split shift" even though they're more than 8 hours apart.
I have a strong suspicion that even if all six shifts are permissible under the contract, the payroll computer is going to assess overtime for one of them, and I raised the question with the individual who called to ask me in for the 6th shift. He doesn't think it's a problem, and all other factors being equal, I would just as soon take all the hours. But I'm now very curious about what *should* happen here with respect to "sixth day overtime", and whether I should have agreed to the second Saturday shift in the first place.