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Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve (Full-time) (Appointment and Conditions of Service) Regulations 1996

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Overtime

22.—(1) Subject to, and in accordance with, the provisions of this regulation, a member below the rank of reserve inspector shall be compensated in respect of time—

(a)for which he remains on duty after his tour of duty ends, or

(b)for which he is recalled between two tours of duty, or

(c)which forms part of a tour of duty which he is required to begin earlier than the rostered time without due notice and on a day when he has already completed his normal period of duty,

and such time is referred to hereafter in these regulations as “overtime”.

(2) Such a member shall not be compensated under this regulation for overtime for which he receives an allowance or time off under regulation 23 (public holidays and rest days) or 45 (allowance for recurring escort duty, etc.).

(3) Subject to paragraphs (4) and (6), such a member shall be granted an allowance in respect of each week at the rate of a twenty-fourth of a day’s pay for each completed period of 15 minutes of overtime worked by him on any occasion during that week, except that on each of the first 4 occasions on which overtime in respect of which the member was not informed as mentioned in paragraph (6) is worked during a week, 30 minutes of the overtime worked is to be disregarded.

(4) Where such a member, before the expiry of any pay period, elects, in respect of specified overtime worked by him during the weeks ending within that period, to be granted, in lieu of an allowance, time off subject to and in accordance with paragraph (5) and, in accordance therewith, receives time off in respect of any overtime, no allowance in respect thereof shall be payable under paragraph (3).

(5) Subject to the exigencies of duty, where, by virtue of an election under paragraph (4), time off falls to be granted to a member in respect of any overtime worked by him in any week, then, within such time (not exceeding 3 months) after that week as the chief constable may fix, he shall grant to the member time off equal, subject to paragraph (6), to the period of that overtime worked by him during that week and, in addition, for each completed 45 minutes of such overtime, an additional 15 minutes off.

(6) For the purposes of paragraphs (3) and (5), no account shall be taken of any period of less than 30 minutes of overtime worked on any occasion, other than a period of 15 minutes of overtime in respect of which the member was informed at the commencement of his tour that he would be required to remain on duty after his tour ended.

(7) In computing any period of overtime for the purposes of this regulation—

(a)where the member is engaged in casual escort duty, account shall be taken only of—

(i)time during which he is in charge of the person under escort,

(ii)such other time as is necessarily spent in travelling to or from the place where the member is to take charge of, or hand over, the person under escort, as the case may be, and

(iii)any other time that may be allowed by the chief constable, so however that, if the member is so engaged overnight and has proper sleeping accommodation, whether in a train or otherwise, the chief constable may exclude such period not exceeding 8 hours, during which the member is not in charge of the person under escort as he considers appropriate in the circumstances;

(b)subject to sub-paragraph (d), where the tour or tours does not or do not amount in the aggregate to more than the normal daily period of duty, no account shall be taken of any overtime except so much as together with the tour of duty exceeds the normal daily period of duty;

(c)where a member is recalled to duty between two rostered tours of duty and is entitled to reckon less than 4 hours of overtime in respect of any period for which he is recalled, disregarding any overtime reckonable by virtue of regulation 24 (travelling time treated as duty), he shall be deemed to have worked for that period 4 hours of overtime in addition to any overtime reckonable by virtue of regulation 24; and

(d)where the time at which a member is required to begin a rostered tour of duty is brought forward without due notice and so that he is required to begin that tour on a day on which he has already completed his normal daily period of duty, the time for which he is on duty before the rostered commencement time—

(i)shall be reckonable as overtime, and

(ii)shall be taken into account as part of that tour of duty.

(8) For the purposes of this regulation the following expressions have the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them, that is to say:—

“a day’s pay” means the member’s pay for the week in question divided by 5;

“due notice” means notice given at least 8 hours before the revised starting time of the rostered tour of duty in question;

“member recalled to duty” does not include a member who is only warned to be in readiness for duty if required;

“normal daily period of duty” shall be construed in accordance with regulation 18;

“pay period” means the period for which, in pursuance of regulation 35 (pay day), a member is paid;

“week” means the period of 7 days beginning with such day as is fixed by the chief constable.

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