Appendix E

Flextime, Credit Hour Plans and AWS for ROPIR

Section 1--Purpose

This appendix sets forth the AWS (including flextime and compressed work schedules) and credit hour procedures to be followed in ROPIR and provides authority for ROPIR employees to participate in these plans.  In reaching agreement on this appendix, neither party waives any provision of the National Agreement, laws or government-wide regulations.  The parties recognize that the alternate work schedule (AWS) provisions reflected in this appendix are solely designed to meet the specific workload and employee needs of ROPIR and may not be appropriate for other SSA components.

Section 2--Scope

The provisions of this appendix apply to full-time and part-time ROPIR employees.

Section 3--Flextime Procedures

A.  General

All ROPIR flexible schedules will be consistent with P.L. 97-221 and this appendix.  Existing lunch time schedules will continue in all ten (10) Regions.

B.  Flextime Provisions/Availability of Credit Hours   

1. The parties understand and agree that flexible work schedules or    compressed work schedules will be initiated by the employee.  In contrast,  the parties understand and agree that overtime and compensatory time are initiated by the Employer.

2.  A flextime schedule with credit hours will be available for all full-    time and part-time ROPIR employees.  Workdays of twelve (12) hours duration will be established for ROPIR employees.  Except for ROPIR employees in the Western Program Service Center (see C. below), the flexible bands start at  6 a.m. and end at 6 p.m.

3. Core hours will be from 9:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m.  Flexible bands will be    from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., except for the    Western Program Service Center.  See (D) below for flexible bands and core hours in the Western Program Service Center.