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Overtime, Student Matinee, and the BAT
« on: Apr 04, 2008, 12:57 am »
Every employer I've ever had before has said "no overtime, ever", so I've never had to pay much attention to the rules before.  I need to talk through the situation to understand what we should be getting for this student matinee. 

I'm working under the BAT contract and we had a student matinee today.  That gives us overtime for three reasons:  It's a ninth performance, the rest period (night before) was only 11.5 hours, not 12.0, and the span of day (today) was 13 hours, not 10.5. 

Here's our situation: Curtain down on Wednesday was 11:08pm.  Half-hour call for the Student Matinee was 10:30am.  Curtain down on Thursday was 11:10pm.

I know that since it's after opening, all overtime is time-and-a-half, not straight-time.  I understand the ninth performance, "shall be paid for at the rate of 3/16ths of weekly contractural salary."  That's perfectly clear.  It also seems like this amount is in addition to whatever overtime we get for the other two violations.

However, the rule about the other two violations is confusing. p. 36, Rule 38.C.2.b - "overtime must be paid if the overnight rest period is invaded, or the span of day is exceeded."  The first confusion is fairly simple - if both of these events occur because of the same call, is OT paid only once, not twice?  Or do we get overtime for 10:30am-11:00am (invading the rest period) plus for 10:30am-1pm (exceeded span of day)?  Actually, now that I look at it, the exceeded span of day is probably 9:00pm-11:30pm in this case, which would mean two separate OT calls?  Anyway, how many hours of overtime do we get?

After reading the Overtime rule five times (50.D.3.b) I finally understood that the OT rate is calculated using the weekly rehearsal hours before opening - no matter at what point in the process OT is incurred.  Even though it's after opening now, they still divide our weekly salary by the allowed workweek hours prior to opening.  Confusing!

But my question is still - in addition to the 3/16ths of weekly salary we get for the ninth performance - is our overtime 0.5 hours, 2.5 hours, or the combination of 3.0 hours?

Talking this through, I think I've answered my own question.  What do you think? 
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Re: Overtime, Student Matinee, and the BAT
« Reply #1 on: Apr 04, 2008, 03:58 pm »
As always, check with your rep. But, that being said, I just got off the phone with Equity for the same situation. It is OT for each infringment, so for the extra performance + span of day overage + 12-hr infringment.

I'm on an SPT contract, and here's my OT for this week:
-extra performance pay
-OT for exceeding 3.5 hours of performance (including half-hour and intermissions)
-OT for exceeding span of day (for student matinee day = 12hrs) = 10:00am first half-hour to at least 11:00pm second curtain down
-OT for 12-hr rest period infringment = 10:14pm curtain down to a 10:00am half-hour