While working time limitations have proved to be useful for keeping track of how much and when your employees work, they can also help you keep track of when your employees need or should receive time off.

This will further ensure that you comply with the local labor regulations and that you have all the information you need with your planning.

Some of the working time rules relevant for ensuring time off are:

  1. Hours off between Shifts: a rule to monitor and ensure a minimum number of hours off work, in the interval between an employee's scheduled shifts.
  2. Continuous hours off in a period of time: a guideline to ensure at least a minimum number of hours off in a row for an employee, within a set period of time.
  3. Time off after consecutive shifts: a rule that triggers a warning when an employee should have some time off and the Schedule doesn't reflect that.

    Please note that the Time off after consecutive shifts guideline structure is currently in testing. If you think it might be useful for you and your organization, please reach out to our support team to have it enabled.

Guides for ensuring time off through working time rules

Using working time rules will allow you to have all the information you need when scheduling. Similar to the rules for tracking worked hours, you can set up rules to trigger a warning each time an employee's right to time off is not respected, in the Schedule.

The 3 available rules for monitoring time off, take into account different parameters and situations. Further, you can read more about each one of the rules, how they work, and how to best use them in your Schedule.

1. Hours off between Shifts

a rule to monitor and ensure a minimum number of hours off work, in the interval between an employee's scheduled shifts.

2. Continuous hours off in a period of time

a guideline to ensure at least a minimum number of hours off in a row for an employee, within a set period of time.

3. Time off after consecutive shifts

With this rule, you can monitor how many Shifts, of a certain Shift type, an employee is scheduled for, in consecutive days.

This rule has a few connected components:

  • Name: a way for you to find this rule in the list, when you need to edit or manage it.
  • Minimum time off: this allows you to set the number of days or hours an employee should have to rest
  • After working one Shift per day, for at least a specified number of consecutive calendar days. Through this field, you will define the minimum period of working time required for your employee to benefit from the time off set in the Minimum field (described above).

    Please note:

    - that this rule is focusing on one shift per day, which means that as long as there is at least one applicable Shift during a day, that Shift will count towards the warning triggered by this rule.
    Having multiple Shifts (of the same type) during one day will have no effect.

    - this rule monitors at least a given number of consecutive calendar days, which means that if the set number of consecutive calendar days is exceeded within the conditions of the rule, a warning will not be triggered.
    More details and a clear example can be found below.

  • Applies to: is a section where you can configure who the rule applies to and for which kind of scheduled Shifts.
    - Employee groups & Employee types: allows you to define which of your employees can benefit from this rule
    - All Shift types, excluding: helps you set up which of your Shifts should be monitored by this rule.
    Please note that the selected Shift types will be excluded, so which types will NOT be monitored through this rule. This means the rule will monitor all the unselected Shift types on the list.

In other words, once you've set up your Time off after consecutive shifts rule, it will start by tracking how many days in a row your employees (within the selected Employee groups and Employee types) were scheduled for.

If those employees were assigned to Shifts for which this rule is applicable (according to their Shift Type), it will monitor how many days in a row this happens.

When the number of days reaches the number of consecutive days you set in the After working one Shift per day field, the rule will:

  1. trigger a warning if an employee continues to have scheduled Shifts (of Shift types not defined within the rule) or
  2. trigger a warning if the break in the schedule is smaller than the Minimum time off set within the rule.
  3. NOT trigger a warning if the employee continues to have scheduled Shifts (of an applicable Shift type) for the next day(s), but continue to monitor the Schedule and trigger a warning if cases 1 or 2 occur.

As a clear example, let's consider that an employee has to regularly travel for work.

Their organization uses Shift types in their schedule to make the distinction between the normal working hours and the working hours during traveling using a Normal Shift type and a Travel Shift type.

To make sure that all their employees are well-rested, the managers within this organization have set up the Time off after consecutive shifts to make sure that their employees get at least 1 day of rest after traveling for at least 3 days.

The rule configuration for this scenario will look like this:

In practice, the rule will trigger a warning in Schedule when a Normal Shift is scheduled for an Employee immediately after 3 (or more) days with Travel Shifts

However, the rule will not trigger any warnings or alerts if the employee has at least one day off after 3 more days with Travel shits, as you can see in the image below.

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