||Employees covered by this overtime policy shall not work
overtime hours without specific advance direction from their
As a general policy, the Institution will authorize overtime work
only when urgently needed and other arrangements are
In regards to overtime charged to federal grants and contracts,
such authorization must be in accordance with the “Conditions for
Overtime on Federal Grants, Contracts, and Subawards” section
of this policy..
Overtime work shall be performed only when directed by a
supervisor with prior authorization by one of the following:
- Members of the Directorate
- Department Chairs
- Masters and Chief Engineers of Vessels
- Chief Scientists during cruises, up to limits established by
each principal investigator whose project(s) would be
affected. These limits will permit Chief Scientists to
assign no less than an average of 8 hours work for every
day at sea.
||Overtime payments will be made in accordance with the
- Non-exempt employees (applies both ashore and at sea):
- In excess of 40 hours per week;
- On Institution holidays.
- For marine crew, other than those in exempt positions,
lease refer to the “Marine Crew Members Procedures” policy.
|Conditions for Overtime on Federal Grants, Contracts, and Subawards
||The cost of overtime is not an allowable charge on federal grants,
contracts, and subawards unless one of the following conditions
Principal Investigators must ensure that they have prior
permission from the federal grant or contract office before
authorizing any overtime charges unless one of the circumstances
outlined above applies.
- The work is necessary to cope with emergencies, such as
those resulting from accidents, natural disasters, or
breakdowns of equipment; or
- The work is performed by indirect labor employees; or
- The work is continuous in nature and cannot reasonably
be interrupted, such as the performance of tests or
laboratory procedures, loading or unloading of vessels, or
operations at sea; or
- Prior approval by the government has been obtained.
- Requests for such approval shall contain a detailed
explanation and be submitted to the Agency
Program Manager and Grant/Contract Office, as
well as WHOI Grant and Contract Services.
Assistance may be obtained from the Grant and
Contract Services Office.
||Time spent in travel status during normal working hours shall be considered hours worked.|
When a trip involves staying away from home overnight, travel status shall include the time (not to exceed 8 hours per day) actually spent in public conveyances, as well as time involved with travel going to and coming from the airport, train station, etc. The above applies not only on the regular working days of Monday through Friday, but also on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. It shall not include extensions of travel time arranged by employees for their own purpose.
On trips not requiring being away from home overnight, hours worked shall include the time from commencement to completion of the trip, except for the customary home-to-work travel, mealtime, or extensions of travel time arranged by employees for their own purpose.
Hours worked will include all periods of time an employee is required to drive or ride in a vehicle as the assistant or helper (when that vehicle is being used primarily for transporting equipment or materials), except that time spent during regular meal and sleeping periods will not be counted as time worked.
Exceptions to this policy require approval of the President and Director.