Entitlement to Sunday Premium Pay

B-198436: Oct 9, 1980

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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.

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