All overtime hours must be authorized by your manager and recorded in WIN. While it is not required for you to see pre-approval to work overtime hours, it is a best practice to seek their approval beforehand. See below for more information.
Refusing overtime and the impact of overtime on mental and physical health
Frequent overtime can be stressful, affect your work-life balance, and lead to burn-out. If frequent overtime demands are becoming a challenge, please seek the assistance of an AMAPCEO Workplace Representative in your District.
If the stress, timing, or other factors associated with overtime demands are significantly impacting your mental or physical health, it may be necessary to request a disability and/or family status accommodation.
As part of the pandemic response, employees in my unit are required to work a rotating overtime shift. Can I refuse this overtime work?
Management rights give your Employer the right and authority to manage the business and direct the workforce, including to assign and direct employees. Generally, you are not permitted to refuse a work assignment, but there are exceptions if it is unsafe work, illegal, etc.
Can my supervisor ask me to work overtime without compensation?
Your supervisor or another Employer representative cannot, and should not, request or permit you to work overtime without compensation when that work would otherwise be compensated.
I forgot to request approval for overtime in advance. Can I still be compensated for it?
The first step is to speak with your manager.
Before you meet with your manager, consider summarizing all the overtime you worked and the associated tasks.
Can't I manage overtime informally? Do I have to record my overtime hours in WIN?
You should always record overtime hours in WIN, for two reasons:
If a dispute were to arise about overtime, it would be difficult to build a case if no formal claims were made.
Significant overtime claims can be a signal to your Employer that the workload is not sustainable and more staff positions are needed.
If I work overtime but do not want to take compensating leave time, can I still be compensated?
You can request pay-in-lieu of compensating leave, but you must do so when you work the overtime.
Can I submit a claim for overtime if I am required to carry a mobile phone or computer for work?
Carrying a mobile phone or computer for work is not considered overtime.
However, if there is an expectation from your supervisor that you respond to an email or phone call, or conduct work outside of your normal working hours, you should claim that as overtime.
Can I claim travel time outside my regular hours of work as overtime?
If you are required to travel for work, you can claim the time spent travelling to the destination as overtime if it is outside your regular hours of work.
Time spent in a hotel room after you have travelled to your destination is not included, unless you can prove that you were working at the time. Time spent travelling from your hotel room to your meeting or conference is also not included.
Time travelled to and from your home to your regular workplace is not included.
Can I claim overtime under the AMAPCEO Collective Agreement if I am temporarily assigned to a non-bargaining unit position?
If you are temporarily assigned to a non-AMAPCEO position, your hours of work and overtime are set by the terms and conditions of the non-bargaining unit position. This means that the AMAPCEO overtime and hours of work provisions do not apply. See Article 11.3 of your Collective Agreement.
Workplace Representatives are trained union members who have volunteered to confidentially assist members like you in the workplace. They should be your first point of contact in seeking information and representation with an issue at work.
Your Workplace Representative may ask you to use the union’s secure web-based system, RADAR, to provide details about your situation. RADAR will help you and your Workplace Representative keep track of things without the privacy concerns that could come from using the Employer’s email system.