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Tip of the Month - June 2009

Compensatory Time Off (CTO)

CTO provisions are specific to employees designated as “non-exempt” pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  CTO hours are subject to maximum accruals which can vary by job type.  Check CBAs for accrual maximums. 

Part-time employment

Pursuant to HR/SA 2000-07, an employee assigned to a non-exempt position with a time base less than full time must be paid to the employee as regular pay at straight time rate.  For example, an employee assigned to a half time position (20 hours per work week) works 30 hours instead of the assigned 20 hour during one week. The employee must be paid the 10 hours worked in excess of the assigned .50 time-base at regular straight time pay rate.  CTO is not allowed.  The employee earns CTO in lieu of overtime only when hours worked exceed the 40 hour work week schedule (Sunday – Saturday).

Time Reporting Codes used for reporting CTO

  • CTO – Compensatory Time Off
    • When an employee takes time off and “charges” the hours to accrued CTO balances.
  • CTPR – Compensatory Time Earned Premium
    • Used to record overtime worked in accordance with FLSA and bargaining agreement for non-exempt employees; results in an accrual compensation of 1.5 hours indicated (aka premium time).
  • CTST – Compensatory Time Earned Straight
    • Used by R06 employees only. Used to record overtime worked in accordance with FLSA and bargaining agreement for non-exempt employees; results in an accrual compensation of 1.0 hours indicated (aka “straight time”).