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Working hours.

(1) RCW 42.52.180(1) provides that no state officer or state employee may use or authorize the use of facilities of an agency, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of a person to an office or for the promotion of or opposition to a ballot proposition. Facilities of an agency includes use of state officers or state employees during working hours. The purpose of the rule is to define the term "working hours" for officers and employees of the executive branch of state government. The prohibition in RCW 42.52.180(1) only applies during working hours. Nothing in RCW 42.52.180(1) or this rule prohibits a state officer or state employee from assisting in a campaign during nonworking hours. An officer or employee who assists in a campaign during nonworking hours may not use any facilities of an agency.
(2) Some state officers and state employees occupy positions that have fixed schedules with the same beginning and ending times. For officers and employees with fixed schedules, working hours are the hours between the starting and ending times of their positions. Officers and employees with fixed schedules may not assist in a campaign during these fixed working hours, unless they are on a lunch break under section four of this rule or on annual leave under section five of this rule.
Example 1: An employee works for an agency open to the public during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The employee is in a position with a fixed schedule of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The employee's working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The employee may not assist in a campaign during these hours unless the employee is on a lunch break or on annual leave. The employee may assist in a campaign before 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday or Sunday.
Example 2: An employee works for an agency open to the public during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Although the agency is open during the hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the employee is in a position with a fixed schedule of Monday through Thursday 3:00 p.m. through 12:00 a.m. The employee's working hours are 3:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday. The employee may not assist in a campaign during these hours unless the employee is on a lunch break or on annual leave. The employee may assist in a campaign before 3:00 p.m. or after 12:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday or anytime on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
(3) Some state officers and state employees occupy positions that do not have fixed schedules with the same starting and ending times. For officers and employees who do not have fixed schedules, working hours are defined as either:
(a) The hours set forth in any policy on working hours adopted by an agency. Agencies have flexibility in determining working hours for the officers and employees to meet their unique needs so long as the time considered to be working hours is clearly established. If an agency does not adopt a working hours policy, working hours shall be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday when state agencies are generally open to the public; or
(b) The work schedule for an officer or employee approved by the agency, if it is different from the agency policy or, if the agency has not adopted a policy, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Example 3: An employee works for an agency that is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Although the agency is open to the public at these times, the work of the agency goes on twenty-four hours a day. The agency has adopted a working hours policy that divides working hours into three shifts: The day shift (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.); swing shift (3:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.) and midnight shift (12:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.). An employee without a fixed schedule is assigned to the swing shift (3:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.) Monday through Friday. Since the employee does not have a fixed schedule, the employee sometimes comes to work before 3:00 p.m. and sometimes after 3:00 p.m. Similarly, the employee may leave work before or after 12:00 a.m. This employee's working hours are 3:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. The employee may not assist in a campaign during these hours unless the employee is on a lunch break or on annual leave. The employee may assist in a campaign before 3:00 p.m. or after 12:00 a.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday or Sunday.
Example 4: An employee works for an agency that is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The agency has not adopted a policy on working hours. An employee without a fixed schedule usually works 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Since the employee does not have a fixed schedule, the employee sometimes comes to work before 8:00 a.m. and sometimes after 8:00 a.m. Similarly, the employee may leave work before or after 5:00 p.m. Since the agency has not adopted a policy on working hours, this employee's working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The employee may not assist in a campaign during these hours unless the employee is on a lunch break or on annual leave. The employee may assist in a campaign before 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or on Saturday or Sunday.
Example 5: An employee works for an agency that is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Although the agency is open to the public at these times, the work of the agency goes on twenty-four hours a day. The agency has adopted a working hours policy that divides working hours into three shifts: The day shift (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.); swing shift (3:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.) and midnight shift (12:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.). An employee without a fixed schedule is assigned to the day shift (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Monday through Friday. However, the agency has approved a different work schedule for this employee. Instead of the usual day shift of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the employee works 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Since the employee does not have a fixed schedule the employee, sometimes comes to work before 7:00 a.m. and sometimes after 7:00 a.m. Similarly, the employee may leave work before or after 4:00 p.m. This employee's working hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The employee may not assist in a campaign during these hours unless the employee is on a lunch break or on annual leave. The employee may assist in a campaign before 7:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or on Saturday or Sunday.
(4) Working hours do not include state legal holidays unless the officer's or employee's work schedule requires the officer or employee to work on a state legal holiday.
(5) Working hours do not include the time approved and designated for an officer's or employee's lunch break. A lunch break is between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., unless the agency has designated a different time in a working hours policy or has approved a different lunch break as part of an officer's or employee's work schedule. If an officer or employee engages in campaign activity during the lunch break, the officer or employee may not make use of any of the facilities of the agency.
Example 6: An employee works for an agency that is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The agency has not adopted a policy on working hours. An employee without a fixed schedule usually works 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Since the employee does not have a fixed schedule, the employee sometimes comes to work before 8:00 a.m. and sometimes after 8:00 a.m. Similarly, the employee may leave work before or after 5:00 p.m. Since the agency has not adopted a policy on working hours, this employee's working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with a lunch break between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. The employee may assist in a campaign during the employee's lunch break between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.
(6) Working hours do not include the time in official leave status if the leave has received advance documented or written authorization. An officer or employee on leave may assist in a campaign.
Example 7: An employee works for an agency that is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The agency has not adopted a policy on working hours. An employee without a fixed schedule usually works 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Since the employee does not have a fixed schedule, the employee sometimes comes to work before 8:00 a.m. and sometimes after 8:00 a.m. Similarly, the employee may leave work before or after 5:00 p.m. Since the agency has not adopted a policy on working hours, this employee's working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Friday the employee receives advance written authorization to be on leave for five days, Monday through Friday of the next week. The employee may assist in a campaign during this leave.
Example 8: An employee works for an agency that is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The agency has not adopted a policy on working hours. An employee without a fixed schedule usually works 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Since the employee does not have a fixed schedule the employee sometimes comes to work before 8:00 a.m. and sometimes after 8:00 a.m. Similarly, the employee may leave work before or after 5:00 p.m. Since the agency has not adopted a policy on working hours, this employee's working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. In this agency employees without fixed schedules take leave during a month and then get written authorization for the leave at the end of the month. An employee takes leave Monday through Friday and assists in a campaign. At the end of the month the employee obtains written authorization for the leave. The employee has assisted in a campaign during working hours since the employee did not obtain written authorization prior to taking leave to assist in a campaign. To assist in a campaign while on leave, the employee must obtain written authorization prior to going on leave.
(7) The definition of working hours also includes any time an officer or employee is actually working. For an officer or employee with a fixed schedule, working hours includes overtime when the officer or employee is working additional hours other than those in the fixed schedule. For an officer or employee without a fixed schedule, working hours include any time the officer or employee is working.
Example 9: An employee works for an agency that is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The agency has not adopted a policy on working hours. An employee without a fixed schedule usually works 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Since the employee does not have a fixed schedule, the employee sometimes comes to work before 8:00 a.m. and sometimes after 8:00 a.m. Similarly, the employee may leave work before or after 5:00 p.m. Since the agency has not adopted a policy on working hours, this employee's working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. On a Monday the employee works from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Even though the employees working hours are 8:00 to 5:00 the time spent working between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. are working hours because the employee is working for the agency during this time.
(8) The governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, commissioner of public lands, and the insurance commissioner are state officers in the executive branch subject to RCW 42.52.180. These officers are elected to office and hold office for a term of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. Since these officers are elected to a term of office, they do not have working hours and may assist in a campaign at any time. However, if these officers do assist in a campaign, they may not make use of any facilities of an agency except as provided in RCW 42.52.180(2).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 42.52.180(1) and 42.52.360 (2)(b). WSR 96-22-030, ยง 292-110-020, filed 10/30/96, effective 11/30/96.]
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