are the number of hours that an employee must work in a week at one
rate of pay before a different rate of pay applies. A typical
example of a weekly threshold is where an employee must work for
37.5 hours in the week at the basic rate of pay before they can
accumulate overtime pay at a higher rate. If the employee has not
worked the threshold number of hours at the basic rate, any overtime
hours will be reduced and those hours added to the basic rate before
any overtime is calculated.
override the standard payment structures defined by the timebands
that make up the work pattern for each day.
The rules are
flexible and can be applied to any combination of analysis codes and
any set number of days, not just a week.
are applied to individual work patterns using the
Thresholds tab on the
Work Patterns Maintenance screen.
must make sure that you apply the threshold to the correct work
pattern in the roster.
thresholds for an individual day, use the
Daily Thresholds screen.
To define a new
weekly threshold, click New, enter the data required (all the
fields on this screen are mandatory) and click Save.
The fields are:
unique identifier which can
be up to six alphanumeric characters.
Description - a more
meaningful name or description for the weekly threshold (e.g.
37.5 Hours Before OT).
Minimum Hours - This is the
minimum number of hours required for the weekly threshold (in
the example above, 37.50).
Accumulate from day - The
last day in the work plan that the employee can accumulate hours
to (e.g. 7). Optimum calculates accumulated hours in reverse
(i.e. counting down to the threshold).
Accumulate to day - The
first day in the work plan that the employee can accumulate
hours from (e.g. 1).
Accumulate Codes - Select
the code(s) that are paid before overtime (e.g. Basic Pay).
Reduce Code - Select the
code to be reduced (e.g. Basic Pay).
Increase Code - Select the
code to be increased (e.g. Overtime 1.5).
Reduce from day - The first
day in the work plan to reduce hours from (e.g. 7).
Reduce to day - The last
day in the work plan to reduce hours from (e.g. 1).