1-5, dated March 12, 1985.  Each employee to the maximum extent feasible shall be informed of his/her regularly scheduled work hours, as agreed to by the Employer, employee and the other job sharer.  Management will make every reasonable effort to avoid scheduling additional hours not contiguous with the established tour of duty.  If management schedules noncontiguous hours, it will provide an explanation in writing justifying the need to work nonconsecutive hours.  The Employer agrees that the statutory, regulatory and contractual provisions shall apply in any situation in which overtime may be worked.

A variety of different work scheduling arrangements can be used, for example, split days (one job sharer works mornings and the other afternoons), alternate days (one job sharer works Monday, and the other Tuesday, etc.) or split weeks (one job sharer works from Monday morning through noon Wednesday and the other works noon Wednesday through Friday).  Job sharers may also work alternate weeks so long as each job sharer works no more than 32 hours a week and has at least one hour of work regularly scheduled in each of the two weeks of the biweekly pay period.  The latter is necessary in order to meet the legal definition of regularly scheduled work which permit an employee to earn leave.  The work schedules of job sharers may overlap (one job sharer may work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day and the other from noon to 4 p.m).  This arrangement can provide agencies with extra coverage during heavy workload periods.  A certain amount of overlap may also be desirable to enable job sharers to attend staff meetingsor familiarize each other with work developments.  Although most job sharers split the hours of a full-time position in half, this is not an absolute requirement.  For example, one job sharer could work 24 hours each week and the other 16.  In an AWS office, one member may work five days a week from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the other member from 12 noon to 6 p.m., five days a week.

E.  Flexibility

Job sharing can provide the agency and the employees with considerable work scheduling flexibility.  Work disruptions which tend to occur when employees are on extended leave can be reduced through job sharing.  One job sharer might be off for three weeks, but the other would still be on duty and could work additional hours to cover the full schedule in accord with law, rule and regulation and the National Agreement.

F.  Job Classification

Job sharers will share identical position descriptions since they are sharing one full-time position.  Job splitters may have different position descriptions and career ladders.  Job splitting will not be used to reduce the grade(s) of any current positions nor will it be used to compromise any current career ladders.