Provincially Funded abutting shifts require approval before payment can be made. This step should be done prior to the Event. Approval must be given before payment can be processed. When the member is scheduled to work the night shift that commences the night of the meeting and the member takes an LOA for part or all of shift, the member shall be paid salary replacement for the length of the LOA. In the length of time between:
a. The end of a member’s scheduled evening shift at the health care Employer and the time the member has to leave home to attend a provincially funded meeting is less than ten (10) hours, or
b. The time the member arrives at home from attending a provincially funded meeting and the beginning of a member’s scheduled shift at the health care Employer is less than ten (10) hours.
Where the provincially funded member is required to take a leave of absence for a shift or part of a shift, to accommodate District or provincially arranged group travel, the member shall be paid salary replacement for the length of the LOA. Approval must be obtained from the Secretary/Treasurer. For any other situation where an LOA is required by a provincially funded attendee for travel purposes, contact the Provincial Secretary/Treasurer for direction and approval.
Examples of Abutting Shifts
If you are awarded an abutting shift, salary replacement is normally based on a 7.75-hour shift. If you miss working a 4-hour shift, you are paid only for the 4 hours missed. If you miss working an extended shift, you are paid the regular hours. To receive funds for an extended shift, the LOA must be indicated on the expense claim form. An abutting shift is used to cover LOA’s for the time needed for a short turn around to attend a meeting, to accommodate travel time to reach a meeting, or to return home from a meeting.
*Examples are based on a meeting scheduled for a Tuesday.
You are working the day shift on a regular basis and are planning to attend a meeting starting on a Tuesday. If you require the full day of Monday to travel to the event, this may qualify you to claim the day as an abutting shift. But, this is not automatic. The time and distance of travel is considered when awarding the approval. If you were driving from Medicine Hat to Edmonton, such a request is different than the same request for driving from Calgary or Red Deer to Edmonton.
If you are working Monday evening shift prior to a Tuesday morning meeting, the evening shift may be
taken off as an abutting shift.
If you work a regular Monday night shift, either going in at 1900 or 2300 and off at 0700 hours Tuesday, this is not an abutting shift. Rather, it is the shift claimed for the Tuesday meeting as the majority of hours fall on the Tuesday. If you are scheduled to work at either 1900 or 2300 hours on the Tuesday and off at 0700 Wednesday, then you claim this night shift as your abutting night shift. The abutting night shift is always at the end of a meeting, not prior to.
If you are travelling home after a meeting and do not reach home in a timely fashion (eg. Arriving home at
midnight), you may need to have the next day shift covered for you. If approved this could be claimed as
an abutting shift for travel.