Entitlement to Sunday Premium Pay

B-198436: Oct 9, 1980

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

GAO was asked whether special police officers of the Water and Power Resources Service are entitled to Sunday premium pay where a dispute exists regarding officially ordered and approved work schedules. The record showed that the official working schedule for the special police officers established three basic shifts: 12 midnight to 8 a.m.; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and 4 p.m. to 12 midnight, 7 days a week. However, it was equally clear from the record that, in actuality, the special police officers worked an unofficial schedule that included the hours of 11:30 p.m. Sunday to 7:30 a.m. Monday. GAO held that (1) Sunday work has been defined as all work during a regularly scheduled tour of duty within a basic workweek when any part of that work is performed on Sunday, and (2) the authority to fix the hours of work of employees, including the authority to fix basic workweeks and work schedules, is vested in the heads of agencies. The unofficial schedule does not satisfy the Sunday premium pay statutory requirement of being regularly scheduled work, because it was not authorized by appropriate officials. Consequently, the special police officers were not entitled to Sunday premium pay.

Nov 20, 2017

Nov 16, 2017

  • HBI-GF, JV
    We deny the protest.
  • Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc.
    We dismiss the protest because it raises a matter of contract administration over which we do not exercise jurisdiction.

Nov 15, 2017

Nov 14, 2017

Nov 9, 2017

Looking for more? Browse all our products here