The Rest Rule changes an employee's status in ARCOS to "Rest Rule" for a predetermined amount of time, such as 8 or 10 hours. This occurs when certain working conditions have been met. Usually these conditions occur when an employee is released from a working status and has worked a pre-defined number of hours within a 24-hour period or a certain amount of hours consecutively. These conditions are configurable in ARCOS based on the bargaining unit and company agreements.
Rest Rule - 16 Contiguous Hours
The first form of Rest Rule is the "16 Contiguous Hours" rule. It works on the premise that an employee who has worked 16 contiguous hours will receive 8 hours of rests prior to performing additional shift or callout work. When an employee becomes available (clocks out or is released either via the VRU or the Web), ARCOS checks the previous 16 hours. If the employee has worked 16 contiguous hours, he is automatically placed on the Rest Rule schedule exception by ARCOS.
Example of the 16 Contiguous Hours Rest Rule:
The employee's shift was scheduled to end at 3:00 pm. He was asked to stay on the job and ended up working 16 straight hours. When he was released, ARCOS determined that he had just worked 16 contiguous hours and automatically put him on 8 hours rest. At 7:00 am, he began his regular shift. If he had no shift scheduled at that time, then he was available for a callout.
Rest Rule - Release +8
The second form of Rest Rule is the "Release +8" rule. It works on the premise that an employee will receive up to 8 hours of rest prior to starting another shift. When an employee becomes available, ARCOS calculates how many hours the employee has worked in the prior 24 hours. If he has not worked a shift or a callout during that time, the rule does not take effect.
To determine the employee's rest period, ARCOS adds 8 hours to the release time of the callout the employee just completed (B). Then ARCOS subtracts 8 hours from the employee's next shift start time (A). The time from A to B is the employee's rest time and he is not called during that time period. If A happens to be in the past (before "Now"), then the rest time begins "Now." If the rest period extends past the start of the employee's next shift, he remains on rest until the rest period is complete and then reports to work.
Example of the Release +8 Rest Rule:
The employee ended his shift at 4:00 pm. At 8:00 pm that evening, he accepted a callout. He completed the callout and was released at 10:30 pm. The employee's next shift was scheduled to begin at 8:00 am. ARCOS calculated the start time of his Rest to begin at 12:00 am (8 hours before his next shift) and end at 6:30 am (8 hours after his release from the callout). He was eligible for a callout between 10:30 pm and 12:00 am and also between 6:30 am and 8:00 am.
Real Time Rest Rule
This rule ensures employees who work two consecutive shifts (totalling 16 consecutive hours or more) will have all of their work time considered as consecutive hours worked when ARCOS decides whether or not they are due a rest period. For example, an employee who works his regular 8 hour shift immediately followed by (or preceded by) another 8 hour shift is due 8 hours rest.
The Real Time Rest Rule will also look ahead into the future, up to two hours. If an employee has a work record ending in the next two hours, the rule will assign a rest period exception if they meet the consecutive hours worked criteria.