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§2213 Maximum hours; overtime or compensatory time; exceptions for certain 13 cities

A.  The maximum hours of work required of any full-time paid patrolman, patrolman first class, sergeant, lieutenant, or captain, or any other employee of the police department, except those employed in a position, grade or class above that of captain, in any municipality affected by this Subpart, shall be forty hours in any one calendar week.  In cases of emergency, any employee may be required to work in excess of the maximum.  For each hour so worked the employee shall be paid at the rate of one and one-half times his usual salary, to be determined by reducing his monthly salary to an hourly scale.

B.(1)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, the city of Bossier City, the city of New Iberia, and the city of Abbeville, in order to maximize police protection, may establish a work shift cycle as provided in Subsection C of this Section, and the city of Lafayette may establish a work shift cycle as provided in Subsection F of this Section, both of which require any full-time paid patrolman, patrolman first class, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, or any other employee of the police department, except those employed in a position, grade, or class above that of captain whose scheduled hours of work are set according to rotating shifts, to work more than forty hours in one calendar week.

(2)  Each employee subject to the provisions of this Section shall be paid at the rate of one and one-half times his usual salary for all overtime hours worked during a shift cycle.

(3)(a)  The total hours worked by each such employee during an entire work shift cycle shall be divided by the number of weeks in the shift cycle to determine the average number of hours worked per week.

(b)  The overtime hours worked by each such employee during a shift cycle shall be the number of hours by which the average number of hours worked per week exceeds forty multiplied by the number of weeks in the shift cycle.

C.  The Bossier City Police Department, the New Iberia Police Department, and the Abbeville Police Department shall work a two-week cycle, thirty-six hours the first week and forty-eight hours the second week.  During the first week, the officers shall work Sunday, be off Monday and Tuesday, and work Wednesday and Thursday.  During the second week, they shall work Monday and Tuesday, be off Wednesday and Thursday, and work Friday and Saturday.

D.  The Baton Rouge Police Department is authorized to work up to, but not more than, seven twelve hour shifts in a fourteen day work cycle.

E.  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, the city of Bastrop in order to maximize police protection, may establish a twenty-eight day work shift cycle which requires any full time paid patrolman, patrolman first class, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, or captain, or any other employee of the police department, except those employed in a position, grade, or class above that of captain, whose scheduled hours of work are set according to rotating shifts, to work more than forty hours in one calendar week.  Each employee subject to the provisions of this Subsection shall be compensated for overtime hours by receiving eight hours of compensatory time for each twenty-eight day cycle worked.

F.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the city of Lafayette may establish a work period not to exceed twenty-eight days for police department employees provided they are compensated at the rate of one and one-half times their regular rate of pay, or credited with compensatory time on a one and one-half time basis, for all hours in the work period that exceed an average of forty hours per week.  Hours worked by an employee as a voluntary substitute for another employee shall be in compliance with the provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended.

G.(1)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, the city of Baker, in order to maximize police protection, may establish a work shift cycle as provided herein which requires any full-time paid patrolman, patrolman first class, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, or any other employee of the police department, except those employed in a position, grade, or class above that of major, whose scheduled hours of work are set according to rotating shifts, to work more than forty hours in one calendar week.

(2)  Each employee subject to the provisions of this Subsection shall be paid at the rate of one and one-half times his usual salary for all overtime hours worked during a shift cycle or credited with compensatory time on a one and one-half basis for all hours in the work period that exceed an average of forty hours per week.

(3)(a)  The total hours worked by each such employee during an entire work shift cycle shall be divided by the number of weeks in the shift cycle to determine the average number of hours worked per week.

(b) The overtime hours worked by each such employee during a shift cycle shall be the number of hours by which the average number of hours worked per week exceeds forty multiplied by the number of weeks in the shift cycle.

(4)  The Baker Police Department is authorized to work a two-week cycle, twelve hours a day, sixty hours the first week and twenty-four hours the second week.  During the first week the officers may work Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and during the second week work Wednesday and Thursday.

H.  Any municipality subject to the provisions of this Subpart, to maximize police protection, may establish and implement a fourteen-day shift cycle for all full-time paid patrolmen, patrolmen first class, sergeants, lieutenants, captains, or any other employees of the police department except those in a position, grade, or class above that of captain which may require such officers to work Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the first week of the cycle, and Wednesday and Thursday of the second week of the cycle.  The workday shall consist of twelve hours on the above specified days.  Such officers shall be paid overtime at one and one-half times their usual salary when the number of hours worked during the two-week cycle exceeds eighty hours or shall be credited with compensatory time on a one and one-half basis for all hours in said cycle that exceed eighty hours.

I.  Repealed by Acts 2011, 1 st Ex. Sess., No 20, §2, eff. June 12, 2011.

J.  The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any employee of the city of Shreveport employed in a position, grade, or class above that of lieutenant.

K.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, including Subsection A hereof, the city of Houma may establish and implement twelve-hour work shift cycles for all paid patrolmen, patrolmen first class, sergeants, lieutenants, captains, or any other employees of the police department except those in a position, grade, or class above that of captain.  Such officers and employees shall be paid overtime at the rate of one and one-half times their usual salary when the number of hours worked during the two-week work cycle exceeds eighty hours or shall be credited with compensatory time on a one and one-half basis for all hours in said cycle that exceed eighty hours.

L.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, including Subsection A hereof, the city of Alexandria may establish and implement twelve-hour work shift cycles for police dispatchers of the Alexandria police department.  Such dispatchers shall be paid overtime at the rate of one and one-half times their usual salary when the number of hours worked during the two-week cycle exceeds eighty hours or shall be credited with compensatory time on a one and one-half basis for all hours in said cycle that exceed eighty hours.

M.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, including Subsection A hereof, the city of Monroe may establish and implement twelve-hour work shift cycles for police dispatchers of the Monroe police department.  Such dispatchers shall be paid overtime at the rate of one and one-half times their usual salary when the number of hours worked during the two-week cycle exceeds eighty hours or shall be credited with compensatory time on a one and one-half basis for all hours in said cycles that exceed eighty hours.

N.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, including Subsection A hereof, the city of Alexandria may establish and implement a fourteen-day shift cycle for any full-time paid patrolmen, patrolmen first class, sergeants, lieutenants, captains, or any other employees of the police department except those in a position, grade, or class above that of captain which shall require such officers to begin work shifts on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the first week of the cycle, and Wednesday and Thursday of the second week of the cycle.  The workday shall consist of a twelve-hour shift on each of the specified days for those employees assigned to such shifts.  Such officers shall be paid overtime at the rate of one and one-half times their usual salary when the number of hours worked during the two-week cycle exceeds eighty hours or shall be credited with compensatory time on a one and one-half basis for all hours in said cycles that exceed eighty hours.

O.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the city of Kenner may establish a work period not to exceed fourteen days for police department employees provided they are compensated at the rate of one and one-half times their regular rate of pay, or credited with compensatory time on a one and one-half time basis, for all hours in the work period that exceed an average of forty hours per week.  Hours worked by an employee as a voluntary substitute for another employee shall be in compliance with the provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended.

P.(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the city of Sulphur may establish and implement twelve-hour work shift cycles for employees of the Sulphur police department employed in the communications division, jail division, and patrol division. A workday shall consist of a twelve-hour shift on each of the specified days as provided in Paragraph (2) of this Subsection for those employees assigned to such shifts.

(2)(a) During a two-week pay cycle, employees may be divided into four separate work groups. At the start of a two-week pay cycle, two work groups shall work thirty-six hours the first week and forty-eight hours the second week. During the first week, the employees shall work Sunday, be off Monday and Tuesday, work
Wednesday and Thursday, and be off Friday and Saturday. During the second week, they shall be off Sunday, work Monday and Tuesday, be off Wednesday and Thursday, and work Friday and Saturday.

(b) At the start of the same two-week pay cycle, the remaining two work groups shall work forty-eight hours the first week and thirty-six hours the second week. During the first week, the employees shall be off Sunday, work Monday and Tuesday, be off Wednesday and Thursday, and work Friday and Saturday. During the second week the employees shall work Sunday, be off Monday and Tuesday, work Wednesday and Thursday, and be off Friday and Saturday.

(3) The employees in all other divisions of the Sulphur police department shall work a forty-hour work week as determined by the chief of police of the department.

(4) Employees provided for in Paragraphs (1) and (2) of this Subsection shall be paid overtime at one and one-half times the usual salary for hours worked during the two-week pay cycle in excess of eighty hours or shall be credited with compensatory time on a one and one-half times basis for all hours in such cycle that exceed eighty hours.

Amended by Acts 1976, No. 669, §1; Acts 1984, No. 253, §1, eff. June 30, 1984; Acts 1985, No. 227, §1, eff. July 6, 1985; Acts 1985, No. 605, §1, eff. July 13, 1985; Acts 1985, No. 934, §1; Acts 1985, No. 986, §1; Acts 1986, No. 139, §1; Acts 1986, No. 928, §1, eff. July 10, 1986; Acts 1987, No. 513, §1, eff. July 9, 1987; Acts 1987, No. 763, §1; Acts 1988, No. 566, §1; Acts 1988, No. 582, §1; SCR No. 131, 1988 Regular Session, eff. July 1, 1988; Acts 1991, No. 168, §1; Acts 1991, No. 183, §1; Acts 1991, No. 196, §1; Acts 1991, No. 219, §1; Acts 1995, No. 371, §1; Acts 2001, No. 793, §1, eff. June 26, 2001; Acts 2010, No. 946, §2, eff. July 2, 2010; Acts 2011, 1 st Ex. Sess., No. 20, §§1, 2, eff. June 12 2011.

The Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Law was amended as a result of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session. As of this writing, the web sites of both the Legislature of the State of Louisiana and West Group (West Law) have not posted the civil service law in its final amended form. However, we have added the above section to reflect the changes in the law. The additions are temporarily underlined, and upon verification with the final publication of the law, will be incorporated into the existing language.