Policy VII-4.60-GC

UMGC Policy on Shift Differential for Nonexempt Staff Employees 

(Approved by USM BOR on April 21, 2017; UMGC President on July 1, 2017)

  1. Purpose and Applicability

    This policy establishes the terms and conditions under which University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) shall administer shift differential. Shift differential only applies to Nonexempt Staff employees on Regular Status who render services within a department that operates on two (2) or more regularly scheduled shifts daily. Nonexempt Staff employees who are included in the representation of the collective bargaining unit are subject to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and applicable UMGC HR Policies; where there is a conflict between the two, the MOU will prevail.

  2. Definitions
    1. Shift Differential: An increase in the hourly rate of pay, as approved by the President or designee, for work hours scheduled during a Qualifying Shift.
    2. Qualifying Shifts
      1. For Departments operating two (2) shifts daily, Nonexempt Staff employees who work the second shift, that is, a regularly scheduled shift that starts between 2:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m., as determined by the President or designee, shall be eligible for extra compensation; or
      2. For Departments operating three (3) shifts daily, Nonexempt Staff employees who work a third shift, that is, a regularly scheduled shift that starts between 12:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., as determined by the President or designee, shall be eligible for extra compensation.
  3. Administration
    1. An employee who works on all or part of a scheduled Qualifying Shift, whether or not the employee is assigned to that shift, shall receive Shift Differential.
    2. An employee who is permanently assigned to a Qualifying Shift shall receive Shift Differential while on approved paid time off. Shift Differential shall cease after 10 workdays of continuous paid time off.
    3. An employee who is on a permanent schedule of rotating shifts shall receive Shift Differential only while on a Qualifying Shift. An employee shall also receive Shift Differential while on approved paid time off if the time off is taken while scheduled for a Qualifying Shift.
    4. When working a Qualifying Shift, part-time Nonexempt Staff employees on Regular Status in a position that is at least 20 hours per week (50% FTE) will be eligible for Shift Differential.
  4. Compensation
    1. There may be different rates of Shift Differential pay for each Qualifying Shift. The UMGC Shift Differential pay rate, as approved by the President or designee, is set forth in the applicable procedures.
    2. A separate Shift Differential shall be paid to an eligible employee who is scheduled to work overtime from a Qualifying Shift into another Qualifying Shift. This payment is in addition to any overtime payment or compensatory time to which the eligible employee may be entitled.
    3. Shift Differential shall be paid to an eligible employee who is scheduled to work overtime from a non-qualifying shift into a Qualifying Shift, provided that the employee works at least one-half (0.5) of a Qualifying Shift. This payment is in addition to any overtime payment or compensatory time to which the employee may be entitled.

Implementation Procedures

The UMGC President has designated the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) to administer this policy; to develop procedures as necessary to implement this policy; to communicate this policy to the UMGC community; and to post the policy and any applicable procedures on the UMGC website.

Replacement for:

  • USM BOR VII-4.60: Policy on Shift Differential for Nonexempt Staff Employees