University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Rule 10 Hours of Work, Overtime, Holidays, Reporting and Callback

10.1 Standard Hours of Work

10.1.1 The full-time workweek for all work classifications in the University Civil Service shall be 40 hours per seven-day workweek.

10.1.2 Whenever possible the 40 hours shall be consecutive workdays with two or more consecutive days off; however, administrators and supervisors may reschedule work time as necessary.

10.1.3 Scheduled unpaid meal periods interrupting a work shift shall be not less than 30 minutes nor more than one hour in length. If a shift is extended to more than eight hours of work, additional or longer meal periods should be implemented, if warranted.

10.1.4 Employees are entitled to and shall be granted two 15 minutes paid break periods during eight hours of work. The scheduling of paid break periods is at the sole discretion of the supervisor. Paid break periods are not cumulative from one day to the next. Break periods for employees working other than eight-hour workdays shall be proportionally calculated.

10.1.5 Split shifts (see “Definitions”) shall be avoided whenever possible. No split shift shall extend the working hours of an employee to more than 12 hours in any 24-hour period, except that in agricultural operations, working hours may extend to 14 hours in a 24-hour period.

10.1.6 In emergency situations two eight-hour shifts may occasionally be scheduled in a 24-hour period.

10.1.7 Shift differential shall be paid to employees whose scheduled work shift begins before 6:00 a.m. or begins/ends after 7:00 p.m. Scheduled shifts must be at least six hours in duration. For shift differential rate, please see the Civil Service pay plan at:

10.2 Overtime

10.2.1 As a condition of employment, employees may be required to work overtime. Overtime is the work time (see “Definitions”) in excess of 40 hours per workweek on one or more University jobs. All overtime must be approved by the appropriate responsible administrator prior to being worked. Failure to obtain approval may result in disciplinary action.

10.2.2 All employees, except those whose jobs are designated as V-class (Rules 11.3.9 and 11.3.10), shall be paid overtime or given compensatory time off, at the discretion of the employee, at the rate of time and one-half for work in excess of 40 hours per workweek on one or more University jobs (see “Definitions” for what is included as work time).

10.2.3 An employee may use compensatory time within a reasonable period after a request to do so unless the use would unduly disrupt the operation of the administrative unit.

10.2.4 Administrative units have full discretion to reasonably restrict the amount of compensatory time off that can be accumulated and the length of time a compensatory time-off balance can be carried forward, except that maximum limits imposed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (currently 240 hours) will be strictly followed.

10.3 Holidays

10.3.1 There shall be a total of eleven paid holidays, including observed holidays, each fiscal year for employees appointed at a designated percentage of time.

10.3.2 The observed holidays are New Year's Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

10.3.3 Four of the eleven holidays shall be floating Holidays, scheduled annually upon recommendation to the President. One of the floating holidays shall be a personal holiday to be taken at the employee's discretion with the supervisor's approval and in accordance with the Vice President's guidelines on the use of personal holidays. This paragraph does not apply to the coordinate campuses, which establish their own policies.

10.3.4 Observed holidays that fall on Saturday shall be observed on the preceding Friday. Observed holidays that fall on Sunday shall be observed on the following Monday.

10.3.5 An employee appointed at a designated percentage of time who is required to work on a holiday shall receive regular pay for the day plus additional pay or time off at the rate of time and one-half for the hours worked. Employees may choose between time off or pay for the additional hours. For example, a full-time employee who works eight hours on a holiday shall be paid at the normal rate for the eight hours plus 1.5 x 8 for a total of 20 hours. An employee who is not appointed at a designated percentage of time and is required to work on any day recognized as a holiday shall be paid at the rate of time and one-half for the hours worked.

10.3.6 Employees in administrative units operating seven days per week shall receive the same number of holidays off or pay in lieu thereof as employees who work in administrative units operating five days per week.

10.3.7 When a holiday falls on an employee's day off, the employee shall receive an additional day off or proportionate time off (based on the percentage time of appointment) as agreed upon between the employee and the supervisor.

10.3.8 To qualify for holiday pay, an employee must either work or be on an approved paid leave (such as vacation) on the employee's regularly scheduled workday before or following the holiday.

10.4 Reporting to Work

A full-time employee who is required to report to work for full-time service (eight hours) shall be given a minimum of four hours of work on the day of reporting. In the absence of at least four hours of work, the employee shall receive four hours of pay at the employee's regular straight-time hourly rate or overtime, whichever is applicable. However, an employee who reports for work, and who because of illness or physical disability cannot be employed for the protection of either the employee's own well-being or that of others, shall receive pay only for actual hours worked.

10.5 Non-Standard Work Hours

10.5.1 Callback An employee who is called in because of an emergency shall receive a minimum of two hours of pay at time and one-half or compensatory time off (at the employee's option) provided the employee:

  1. has completed a regular workday and left the workplace for at least 30 minutes; or
  2. is called in on a non-workday; or
  3. is called in early but will not work a continuous shift. If compensatory time off is chosen, the dates selected must be pre-approved by the supervisor. This rule shall not apply to part-time employees (regardless of hourly or percentage of time status, unless otherwise specified in these Rules); employees living on the premises; or those positions that require frequent on-call duty as described in the job specifications. Reporting and callback procedures could be affected by the University's Emergency Closing Policies and Procedures or by administrative unit closing policies. Please consult either for further information.

10.5.2 On-Call

  1. 1) An employee who has been instructed by their supervisor, in writing, to remain available to work during an off-duty status shall be considered in an on-call status. On-call work shall follow the practice and procedures as established by the Vice President of Human Resources (see Rule 5.3.1) and indicated in the Civil Service pay plan: Expectations at time of hire of any on-call time shall be included in the written job description and given to the employee.
  2. 2) An employee who is called in to work from an on-call status shall receive the designated premium pay. This rule does not apply to those whose jobs are designated as V-class or otherwise exempt (see also Definitions for Return to Work).

10.5.3 Other Work Arrangements

Types of flexible work arrangements can include flextime, compressed work weeks, job sharing, telecommuting, or reduced-time/part-time arrangements (see “Definitions”). Please refer to the telecommuting agreement in your department or unit. (Guidelines and more explanation for flexible work arrangements can be found at: