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bkttnr75  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, April 18, 2017 6:55:13 AM(UTC)
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I am trying to see what the definition of Core Hours means at OPM. I was told that the core hours are 9 to 330 at my job and for these hours I MUST be in the office. I need to know if this is true because I would like to work 630 to 300 but was told, yes I can start at 630 but need to take an hour lunch because I cannot leave before 330. Can you tell me if this is true? Also we are under a CBA.
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I am trying to see what the definition of Core Hours means at OPM. I was told that the core hours are 9 to 330 at my job and for these hours I MUST be in the office. I need to know if this is true because I would like to work 630 to 300 but was told, yes I can start at 630 but need to take an hour lunch because I cannot leave before 330. Can you tell me if this is true? Also we are under a CBA.

What does your CBA say?

Typically, Core Hours are the time windows they expect employees to be working. It appears that 9-330 is the window they expect customers, and so that is the locked in Core Hours.

The only possible way around those (and I say possible only) is if you have a disability that you need to work the earlier hours. And even then you will need good medical documentation supporting that request.

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#3 Posted : Tuesday, April 18, 2017 7:37:08 AM(UTC)
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Thank you. That is what I thought but you just never know with gov work.
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core hours vary from agency to agency. my previous agency was 10 am - 2pm. My current agency is 9 am- 3:00 pm
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Originally Posted by: bkttnr75 Go to Quoted Post
I am trying to see what the definition of Core Hours means at OPM. I was told that the core hours are 9 to 330 at my job and for these hours I MUST be in the office. I need to know if this is true because I would like to work 630 to 300 but was told, yes I can start at 630 but need to take an hour lunch because I cannot leave before 330. Can you tell me if this is true? Also we are under a CBA.


The definition of core hours from OPM's webiste ( https://www.opm.gov/poli...tive-work-schedules/#FWS )is

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The time periods during the workday, workweek, or pay period that are within the tour of duty during which an employee covered by a flexible work schedule is required by the agency to be present for work. (See 5 U.S.C. 6122(a)(1).)


Your supervisor is responsible for scheduling your work, and that includes setting your core hours if you are on an alternative work schedule. What those hours happen to be will vary depending on the work that needs to be done and your level of interaction with co-workers, customers/public, and management.

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#6 Posted : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 9:36:03 AM(UTC)
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Your supervisor is responsible for scheduling your work, and that includes setting your core hours if you are on an alternative work schedule. What those hours happen to be will vary depending on the work that needs to be done and your level of interaction with co-workers, customers/public, and management.

I am not sure about other agencies, but mine has set core hours from which a supervisor cannot deviate (9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.), and those core hours are established in the collective bargaining agreement. So, "setting core hours" for employees is not a function for supervisors at the agency. As mentioned previously, going outside of those core hours might be possible as a reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual with a disability, but that is rare and requires appropriate medical documentation.
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Your supervisor is responsible for scheduling your work, and that includes setting your core hours if you are on an alternative work schedule. What those hours happen to be will vary depending on the work that needs to be done and your level of interaction with co-workers, customers/public, and management.

I am not sure about other agencies, but mine has set core hours from which a supervisor cannot deviate (9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.), and those core hours are established in the collective bargaining agreement. So, "setting core hours" for employees is not a function for supervisors at the agency. As mentioned previously, going outside of those core hours might be possible as a reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual with a disability, but that is rare and requires appropriate medical documentation.


I stand corrected. Of course agency policy and union agreements will override supervisory discretion.

At my place of employment, there is no agency policy defining core hours and there is no union agreement so core hours are set by supervisors.
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