Employment in Hampshire County Council 2007

13. Standby , Sleeping In Allowances and Call Out Payments

13.1 Some areas of work require staff to be available either at home or at their place of work to be called on if required to deal with emergency or unusual situations.

Definitions

13.2 Standby is defined as any period where the employee is formally required to be available for work, and fit to fully undertake his/her duties. Standby arrangements must be agreed by the line manager in advance.

13.3 Standby is defined as any period outside of the normal working hours in a 24 hour period e.g. if the standby period starts at 5.00 pm on a Tuesday the cessation of the 24 hour period will be 4.59 pm on Wednesday.

13.4 A continuous period of standby will attract only one standby payment.

13.5 If an employee on standby is called out he/she will receive payment, in addition to the standby fee, for any time worked, excluding travel time to and from the standard workplace, at the rate for the time of day.

Where appropriate payment will be at overtime rates in accordance with section 12 Overtime Payments – only one premium will apply i.e. plain time rates if less than 37 hours are worked in the week, overtime rates where more than 37 hours have been worked, or the premium appropriate to the time of day.

13.6 Where an employee is required to be available for standby for a whole week a single weekly standby rate will apply.

13.7 In some circumstances, employees on standby will not be required to attend work, but will be required to provide support for example by telephone or via a pc.

  • In this case, the first 30 minutes of telephone support is included as part of the Standby payment.

  • Time after the first 30 minutes will be paid at the standard rate for the time of day.

  • Where appropriate payment will be at overtime rates – only one premium will apply.

13.8 An employee required to be available for standby will be paid as follows:-

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Standby rates

Standby Rate for those on a Standby Rota

Starts Monday – Friday (each 24 hour period)

£28.46

Starts Saturday and/or Sunday, if undertaking standby duty for up to 15 hours in a 24 hour period.

£42.70

Starts Saturday and/or Sunday, if undertaking standby duty for more than 15 hours in a 24 hour period.

£56.94

Single weekly standby rate (calculated on the basis of 4 x £28.46 + 3 x £56.94)

£284.65

*The weekend rates above should be applied to staff undertaking a standby duty on Friday, where the standby duty starts after the end of a normal working day, typically 5 pm on a Friday evening.

*The weekend rates above should also be applied for staff undertaking a standby duty during a public holiday.

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Call Out – Not on Standby

13.9 Call Out – Not on Standby – there will be occasions when an employee is not on standby but nevertheless gets “Called Out” at short notice to attend work ‘on site’ in response to an unplanned emergency situation.

  • Typically this might be a caretaker responding to the police with regard to a school break in or similar.

When an employee NOT on standby is required to attend work this will be paid at the appropriate hourly rate for all hours worked, excluding normal travel time to standard place of work.


Sleeping In

13.10 Sleeping-in Duty – in some County Council services staff will be required to be available for work on a ‘sleeping in’ basis outside of their contractual working hours.

The sleeping-in payment incorporates the first 30 minutes call-up as part of the payment. Payment beyond 30 minutes, for any time worked, will be at the appropriate night rate.

13.11 An employee required to be available for Call Out – Not on Standby duty or Sleeping-in Duty will be paid as follows:-

Not on Standby and Sleeping In rate

Rate

Call Out rate for those not on Standby Rota

£25.00 per occasion

Sleeping in Payment

£35.37* per occasion


13.12 Payments for standby and sleeping-in duties (as asterisked above) will be reviewed in line with the annual pay awards.

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