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Flexible Work and Leave Schedules

The Census Bureau currently offers three work schedules:

Flexi time Schedule

A flexi time schedule consists of a 5 day, 40 hour work week. The plan operates under the following terms:

  • Hours of work must fall between 7:00 am. and 6:30 pm. The work day is 8 1/2 hours including 30 minutes for lunch each day.
  • Core hours are 9:30 to 11:00 am, and 2:00 to 3:30 pm. All employees must be at work during core hours unless they are otherwise in an approved leave status.
  • Employee lunch periods must fall between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. The lunch period will be at least 30 minutes in duration.
  • An employee may choose a starting time between 7:00 am and 9:30 am subject to supervisory approval.
  • An employee may deviate up to 30 minutes on either side of his/her starting time without prior supervisory approval, as long as all hours of work fall between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm. Such deviations should not be frequent.
  • Supervisors may require employees on flexi time to sign in and out on logs provided by the Employer.

5-4/9 Schedule

The 5-4/9 schedule allows employees to work 80 hours a pay period over 9 days during the regular work weeks and have the 10th day of the regular work weeks off. The plan operates under the following terms:

  • Employees must select a set schedule of consecutive hours to work between 7:00 am and 6:30 pm for each 9 days subject to supervisory approval.
  • The employee will work 9 1/2 hours a day for 8 days and 8 1/2 hours for one day during the pay period unless otherwise on approved leave. This includes 30 minutes for lunch.
  • The employee will normally have his/her day off on a Monday or a Friday unless otherwise approved by the supervisor, Employees may also choose to split the day off into 2 half days during the pay period.
  • The employee's 30 minute lunch period must fall between 11 am and 2:00 pm.
  • The employee may deviate up to 30 minutes on either side of his/her starting time without prior supervisory approval, as long as the hours of work fall between 7:00 am and 6:30 pm. Such deviations should not be frequent.
  • Supervisors may require employees on the 5-4/9 schedule to sign in and out on logs provided by the Employer 

4/10 Schedule

The 4/10 work schedule allows employees to choose a set schedule (subject to supervisory approval) to work 40 hours per week over 4 days with 1 day of the regular workweek off. The 4/10 schedule operates under the following terms:

  • Employees must select a set schedule of consecutive hours to work between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. for each of the 4 days subject to supervisory approval. The 7:00 a.m. starting time remains in effect for all other schedules
  • Employees will work 10 ½ hours a day for the 4 days during the workweek unless otherwise on approved leave.
  • Employees must choose the same day off each week, subject to supervisory approval. Employees may not split their day off.
  • Lunch periods must fall between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • As this is a set, compressed schedule, employees may not deviate on either side of their starting time unless they are in an approved leave status.
  • Under the 4/10 schedule, employees are entitled to 10 hours administrative leave for holidays.
  • Employees working a 4/10 schedule may telework subject to the provisions of the telework policy. Supervisors retain the right to limit telework days based on the work needs of the office and to ensure office coverage.
  • Supervisors may require employees on the 4/10 schedule to sign in and out on logs provided by the Employer. If you need further guidance or have any questions concerning the 4/10 work schedule, please contact the Human Resources Division's Labor Management Branch at (301) 763-3737.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Human Resources Division | (301) 763-4748 |  Last Revised: April 08, 2013