The amount of time off awarded for a single contribution should be commensurate with the contribution. Time off may be awarded in increments of 1 hour up to 40 hours for a single contribution (or, in the case of a part-time employee or an employee with an uncommon tour of duty, one-half  the average number of hours of work in the employee's biweekly scheduled tour of duty). An employee may be granted up to 80 hours of time off during a leave year (or, in the case of a part-time employee or an employee with an uncommon tour of duty, the average number of hours of work in the employee's biweekly scheduled tour of duty).

The Parties recognize that some Time Off awards will not have measurable budgetary cost; however, the costs of Time Off awards, as agreed to by the NPC, will be deducted from the appropriate budget.

Awards panels may grant Time Off awards of 8 hours or less and recommend to management awards of more than 8 hours. Awards panels may establish the nomination process for Time Off Awards.

The time off must be scheduled and used in accordance with Article 31 and taken within 1 year after the date the award is approved. It may not be converted to a cash payment.

Section 7 - Partnership Recognition Award

The Partnership Recognition Award is an honorary award given annually by the NPC to one or more bargaining unit employee(s) and manager(s) who have demonstrated outstanding personal commitment  to the promotion of partnership and cooperation between labor and management.

Nominations for this award may be submitted by employee, supervisors or groups (e.g. Quality Councils).

Section 8 - Award Nomination Procedures

Employees and management officials are encouraged to identify individual employees who they believe should be recognized for high quality achievements or contributions.

Nominations of individual employees should be submitted, in writing, to the appropriate manager or award panel. the nominations should include a description of the accomplishments or contributions of the nominee(s) and an explanation of their significance, as well as the name and telephone number of the employee submitting the nomination. Nominations should not include suggestions for the type of award or the amount to be granted. Information provided in the nominations will be considered in determining appropriate recognition.