Special Pay Programs

Special pay programs exist to allow the System to recognize special working conditions (e.g., shift differentials, call pay, overtime, etc.).  All special pay programs must be reviewed and approved by Human Resources and Senior Leadership.

  • Overtime Pay. The Fair Labor Standards Act defines the terms of pay when an employee works over 40 hours in one week. Non-exempt employees are compensated for overtime work, approved by their supervisor, at the rate of one and one half (1 1/2) times their regular rate of pay for any hours actually worked beyond 40 hours in one work week. All time worked on an overtime basis must be authorized by your supervisor.

Exempt employees are not eligible for overtime pay. An exempt employee is expected to devote whatever time beyond the normal workday is necessary to complete his/her work.

  • Shift Differential Pay. Some employees who work second or third shift may be eligible for a shift differential in addition to their regular pay. The amount of the differential depends on the position and the shift worked. The shift differential will be cancelled should the employee return to the normal business hours of that department.
  • Call Pay. On-call pay is a premium pay amount when an employee is scheduled to remain available to be called to work during a scheduled period of time. The employee who is not called to work during the scheduled on-call period shall receive the appropriate on-call pay although no hours were worked. The employee who is called to work during the scheduled on-call period shall also receive the appropriate wages for the actual hours worked in addition to the on-call pay. An employee who is called to work during the scheduled on-call period shall receive pay for the actual time worked or a minimum of two hours, whichever is greater. Note: For overtime pay, on-call pay time is not considered hours worked.
  • Charge Pay. Charge pay is used when an employee has been temporarily or permanently assigned charge nurse duties. Charge duties are identified as:
    • Leading a group consisting of not less than the equivalent of two full-time employees.
    • Assigning and scheduling the work of all group members.
    • Assisting, guiding, and instructing group members in the performance of their duties.
    • Performing the same or similar work assignments as the other members of the group.
    • Representing the unit manager in his/her absence.

A $1.50 per hour charge differential will supplement the employee's base salary for every hour in which the employee performs charge duties. The differential is applied only to the hours worked in the charge position and is not given for vacation, personal preference, sick or holiday hours.