Agreement reached on process to implement 37.5 hour work week for health science professionals in B.C. | National Union of Public and General Employees

Agreement reached on process to implement 37.5 hour work week for health science professionals in B.C.

The implementation process, signed off April 15, allows for flexibility, including the elimination of extended hours schedules, and for modified schedules with similar or different extended hours schedules.

Vancouver (24 April 2013) – The spirit of the negotiated agreement surrounding the change from a 36-hour to a 37.5-hour work week was confirmed this week as the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of B.C. (HEABC) reached agreement on a process to implement change.

Jumped the gun

"While at least one health authority had jumped the gun and advised staff that the change required the elimination of EDO (earned days off) or ATO (accumulated time off) schedules, this is not the case," said HSPBA Chief Negotiator Jeanne Meyers.

Increased flexibility with  new work week hours

The implementation process, signed off April 15, allows for flexibility, including the elimination of extended hours schedules, and for modified schedules with similar or different extended hours schedules.

"The key to the process is that employers and employees engage in a cooperative dialogue that results in scheduling that ultimately meets the needs for delivery of health care services, while accommodating the specific needs of individual worksites and departments," Meyers said.

More information:

Health Sciences Association of B.C. documents

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