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Work Schedules


The Federal government defines a work schedule as the hours of a day and the days of an administrative workweek that constitute an employee's tour of duty. Supervisors establish work schedules based on criteria to include work requirements and funds availability.

There are a number of work schedules. The most common are listed below:


FULL-TIME - A basic workweek for most full-time
employees is normally 40 hours of scheduled work extending over no more than six of seven consecutive days. There are variations to the 40 hour workweek for employees whose tours cannot be regularly scheduled or involve standby time. Some organizations provide their employees with the option of flexible or compressed work schedules as well.

PART-TIME - A part-time tour of duty means regularly scheduled work from 16 to 32 hours per week.

INTERMITTENT - An intermittent work schedule requires employees to work on an irregular basis for which there is no prearranged tour of duty.

ON-CALL - An on-call schedule is used when the work is sporadic or unpredictable. Such a schedule normally has an expected cumulative service period of at least six months in a pay status each year.

SEASONAL - A seasonal work schedule is used when an employee works on an annually recurring basis for less than 12 months (2087 hours) each year. An example is an employee responsible for snow removal or seasonal grounds maintenance.

Each of the described work schedules has varying benefits and entitlements, such as leave accrual, paid holidays, health benefits, and life insurance. Employees should verify their specific entitlements with their servicing Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.

Content last reviewed: 6/19/2006-FMJ

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