208.0 VII-4.62 - POLICY ON ON-CALL AND CALL-BACK FOR CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES
(Approved by the Board of Regents on June 19, 1991)
(1) All regular classified employees of the University
of Maryland System who are designated as non-
exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act, when
required to be available to report to work outside
the normally scheduled hours for emergencies or
other unusual circumstances, are considered in an
on-call status and shall receive compensation.
(2) The institution Director of Personnel/Human
Resources may approve the payment of the
compensation to a classified employee who is
exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act if it is
demonstrated that the nature of work is very
specialized or an emergency situation exists.
(1) Employees assigned to on-call are required to be
accessible if it is necessary for them to return
to work. If during the on-call period unforeseen
circumstances arise where the employee cannot be
reached or is no longer able to respond, the
employee must notify the supervisor immediately.
The employee shall be removed from on-call status
for that day for pay purposes unless the
individual had previously responded during that
(2) Designated employees shall normally be assigned to
on-call for a period of not more than seven
consecutive days (including holidays). On-call
status may extend to the maximum of 24 hours for
each day, as determined by each department
manager. An employee who is assigned to on-call
status and cannot be reached or does not report
within two hours of being contacted may be subject
to disciplinary action and shall be removed from
on-call status for that day for pay purposes
unless the individual had previously responded
during that same day. In instances where
designated on-call employees cannot be reached or
are unable to respond, the supervising authority
may obtain a qualified substitute from any
(3) Employees shall be notified in advance of their
assignment to on-call status. Essential employees
are not automatically assigned to on-call status.
(4) On-call assignments will be allocated by each
department manager on a rotating basis among those
employees eligible for such assignments.
(1) Employees shall receive on-call pay according to
the rates established by the Chancellor or
designee for each day that they are assigned to
on-call. On-call rates are published for the
general information of all employees. If an
employee is assigned to on-call status and is
called to work, the employee will be paid
according to the on-call rate in addition to any
pay due for hours worked. On-call pay shall be
included in the base pay for purposes of
computation of overtime pay.
(2) An otherwise eligible employee will not receive
on-call compensation if the performance of the
duties is an extension of the employee's regular
work day or work week.
Regular non-exempt classified employees who are
required to return to work on a regularly scheduled on-
duty day after going off-duty, or are required to work
on a regularly scheduled off-duty day are eligible for
This policy applies to employees who are called back to
work whether or not such employees are in on-call
(1) Employees called back shall be credited with a
minimum of two hours additional work time even if
the time spent on duty is less than two hours.
This circumstance does not apply to the employee
who may be working overtime as a continuation of
the employee's normal hourly schedule.
(2) Normally, travel between home and work is not work
time. However, where employees have gone home
after completing a day's work or are on scheduled
off duty days and subsequently are required to
return to the normal place of work or any other
location in order to perform a necessary task,
travel time is included as work time.
Additionally, such hours spent in travel shall be
considered as hours worked and count toward the
accumulation of overtime hours. Travel time
counts toward the two-hour minimum call-back time.
(3) An employee who is called back during a qualifying
shift will receive a pro-rata shift differential
according to the policy entitled, "Shift
III. EFFECTIVE DATE:
This policy shall become effective July 1, 1990.
Each Chief Executive Officer shall develop procedures
necessary to implement this policy and submit a copy to the
Replacement for: UM Personnel Policies and Rules for
Classified Employees - Section III
Compensation, page III-7&8
"Essential Employee" - An employee of a facility who has
been designated as vital to the operation of the facility,
whose presence is required regardless of the existence of
an emergency condition, and whose absence from duty could
endanger the safety and well being of the campus population
and/or physical plant. Examples of such employees are
police, stationary engineers or other heating plant and
maintenance personnel, snow removal employees, food service
staff, hospital staff, etc.