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Departmental Working Hours

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement. (252015)

Business areas may make local arrangements with staff to allow an adjustment to their flexible working hours time sheet if a requirement to work through a lunch break or in the evening is unavoidable.

Staff who are required to work at other times outside contracted working hours i.e. Saturday or Sunday are compensated with an overtime payment appropriate to their grade band. Staff who are required to work on any public or bank holiday are compensated by time off in lieu equal to the hours of attendance plus a payment at single time rate for the hours of attendance. When time off in lieu cannot be given, payment for all of the hours is given at the rate of double time (overtime grades) or single time (non-overtime grades). Payment is subject to the appropriate overriding maxima. Staff who are required to work on any privilege holiday are compensated by time off in lieu equal to the hours of attendance. When time off in lieu cannot be given, payment for all of the hours worked is given at the rate of double time (overtime grades) or single time (non-overtime grades).