Determining Time Worked

The purpose of paid leave is to maintain employee income, not enhance it. If employees work additional hours outside their normal schedule in a workweek in which they also have scheduled or taken time off, the additional time worked “offsets” the time that the employee intended to cover with available leave or paid time off. Therefore, the number of leave hours originally charged must be reduced by the number of additional hours worked. This offset is mandatory; the employee cannot be paid both for the leave time and the additional work time unless provided by this policy.

For the purposes of this policy, paid time off refers to:

  • Compensatory Time Off (SHRA Non-Exempt)
  • Holiday Equal Time Off
  • On-Call Time Off
  • Adverse Weather Emergency Employee
  • Travel Time
  • Paid Leave Award

The following process should be followed in determining the use of paid leave and paid time off for the workweek.

Determining Hours Worked

To determine hours worked in a workweek, first document the number of hours actually worked each day by the employee during the workweek (Monday through Sunday). If total hours worked are equal to or greater than the employee’s regularly scheduled number of hours, then no offsetting leave or paid time off can be applied to that workweek, unless covered by the exceptions noted below (see next section).

Exceptions: Leave/Paid time off Time Not Offset

The following programs are not offset by time worked and may result in an SHRA non-exempt employee receiving pay for more than his/her regular number of hours in a workweek. These hours are guaranteed, but do not contribute to time worked for the purposes of calculating overtime pay (i.e., they are paid as additional “straight-time” hours).

Paid Holiday

Employees will receive their full paid holiday, regardless of the number of hours worked in the workweek, unless the employee works on the paid holiday itself. In that case, the employee uses up his/her paid holiday hours for the portion worked. (However, when employees are required to work on the Holiday, they will earn a pro-rated Holiday for all or part of the time worked.)

Paid Callback Hours Not Worked

Because of the minimum 2-hour pay guarantee for callback time (return to worksite), the employee will receive the portion of the 2 hours that is not worked as additional pay, and those hours will not be offset by additional hours worked.

Civil Leave

Time spent on jury duty (or when subpoenaed as a witness) that occurs during the employee’s regular work schedule will not be offset by additional hours worked. Learn more.

Travel Time Accrual

Travel Time accrued in a workweek will not be offset by additional hours worked because it is based in the specific dates and time of the multi-day work-related travel.

There is no provision in this policy for deferring payment for the above-listed additional time to a later pay week. The additional time must be paid out as it is received to SHRA non-exempt employees. (There is no additional compensation or time off allowed for SHRA exempt employees.)

See the individual policies for more information on these programs.

Apply Offsetting Leave to the Workweek

If total hours worked (including any Paid Holiday, Paid Callback, and Civil Leave, as noted above) are less than employees’ regularly scheduled number of hours:

  • Identify total hours necessary to get employee’s time record up to the employee’s regularly scheduled number of hours for the workweek.
  • Identify reason(s) for absence(s) during employee’s regular schedule.
  • Apply the leave in the following order of priority use:
    • Any occurrence of Administrative Absence, Communicable Disease Leave, or Adverse Weather Leave.
    • Any occurrence of Community Service Leave, Military Leave, or Educational Leave.

If none of the above apply to the absence(s) or do not fulfill the employee’s regular number of work hours for the workweek, apply other leave as appropriate in the following order of priority use:

  • Any accrued Compensatory Time Off
  • Any accrued Paid Leave Award
  • Any accrued Holiday
  • Any accrued On-Call Time Off
  • Any accrued Adverse Weather or Travel Time
  • Any Vacation, Bonus, or Sick Leave as allowed by policy.
  • Note: Family & Medical Leave or Family Illness Leave designation (and related Voluntary Shared Leave) may be used concurrently with Vacation, Bonus, or Sick Leave, as provided by policy.

Exception: Employees may take leave without pay before coding paid leave if:

  • the absence is covered under Family & Medical Leave or Family Illness Leave, as allowed by those policies, OR
  • the employee will be out longer than 10 days for any reason, or
  • the employee will be out for less than 10 days for non-vacation reason.

Shared Leave donations may be used only for approved absences when no other leave is available for use.

If the employee does not have leave available to fulfill the employee’s regular work schedule for the workweek:

  • The department may advance vacation or sick leave, as applicable, to cover the absence but is not required to do so, and may only advance the amount accruable through the end of calendar year, or
  • Any remaining amount must be deducted from the employee’s paycheck.

Managing Time

Employees are responsible for reporting to their supervisors any additional hours worked as they occur so that the supervisors may decide if any adjustments need to be made to the work schedule in order to avoid additional cost for the workweek.

View Timesheet Examples


If you have questions regarding the appropriate application of offsetting to a workweek, or about your current leave balances, visit the TIM website or contact your department’s TIM Administrator.

If you have questions about this policy, contact the Classification and Compensation Consultant in the Office of Human Resources assigned to work with your department.

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