In accordance with the Agreement on Flexible Working in the Health Service, nurses/midwives who work reduced hours are entitled to earn overtime payments for additional hours worked in certain circumstances. The following are some examples:
I. a nurse/midwife working in a department/unit with a 3 or 4 shift cycle would be eligible for overtime payment were s/he to work a full normal shift and was then requested to work additional hours outside the span of the shift.
II. a nurse/midwife working mornings only (8am-1pm) in a department/unit where the normal shift is 8am-4pm would be paid at flat time if requested by their employer to work from 1pm-4pm. If asked to work from 1pm-6pm (having started at 8am) the hours from 4pm-6pm would attract payment at overtime rates. (This would apply whether or not the nurse/midwife had actually worked the hours 1pm-4pm.) In circumstances where a 12 hour shift applies payment would be at flat-time in respect of any additional hours worked with the span of the shift.
III. a nurse/midwife working a ‘week on – week off’ arrangement would be eligible for overtime payment if requested by their employer to work on their rostered days off, i.e. to work in excess of the full-time hours for the grade. They would be eligible for payment at flat-time if requested by their employer to work their usual hours or a normal shift during their ‘week off’. (Agreement on Flexible Working in the Health Service).