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May Human Resources Advisor Volume 2, Issue 5

Alternate Work Schedule (AWS)

Alternate Work Schedule/Flexi-place: DoDEA employees have the option of working on a flexible or compressed work schedule, with supervisory approval.

A Flexi-tour Work Schedule includes a set number of daily work hours (normally 8), a meal period (normally 30 minutes), and flexible starting and ending times. The basic 40-hour workweek consists of 5, 8 hour workdays. Scheduled workdays are Monday through Friday. You may report to work between 6 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and end your workday at 2:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. You pre-select a normal starting time, but may vary the starting time up until 9:30 a.m. without advance notice, within parameters pre-established by your supervisor.

A Compressed Work Schedule (CWS) is a voluntary program which entails less than 10 workdays per 2 week pay period. Employees may request to work the 5-4-9 CWS or 4-10 CWS.

The 5-4-9 CWS allows for 80 hours of work to be completed in 9 workdays. If you are on this schedule, you work a fixed schedule for 8, 9-hour workdays and one, 8-hour workday in each 2 week pay period. Employees work 5 days during one week and 4 days during the other week. The one 8-hour workday may be scheduled for any one of the 9 workdays during the 2 week pay period.

The 4/10 CWS allows for 40 hours of work to be completed during 4, 10-hour workdays, Monday through Friday, in each 2 week pay period.

While on a CWS, you must propose a starting time and select a day off. Your proposed schedule must fall between the hours of 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. If you request a start time before 6 a.m. or end time after 6 p.m., night differential will not be paid. The approved biweekly schedule will become your fixed tour of duty. Your starting time will remain the same every day, there will be no flextime. Therefore, you may not adjust your daily hours of work, and would have to request leave if you arrive late or leave early. If a holiday falls on your scheduled day off, the workday prior to the holiday will be designated as your "in lieu of" holiday.