System General Notice 206 – Time Off
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December 18, 2020 BNSF Railway Co. ALL DIVISIONS SYSTEM GENERAL NOTICE NO. 206 TO ALL CONCERNED, SUBJECT: TY&E Time Off BNSF System General Notice No. 180 is canceled. ************************************************************************* Explanation: Section I. High-Impact Days added ************************************************************************* Table of Contents A. Laying Off On Call B. Emergency Lay Off C. Bereavement Leave and DIF Layoff Codes D. Pre-Approved Lay Off System E. Lay Off Process for Military Personnel F. Jury Duty G. Lay Off Fatigue H. Lay Off/Mark Up for Outlying Assignments I. High-Impact Days ========================================================================= A. Laying Off On Call Employees MUST NOT lay off on call. For employees in planner activated pools a layoff while on the active board will be considered as laying off on call. ========================================================================= B. Emergency Lay Off Lay off code "FEM," Family Emergency, is defined as a lay off code for an emergency situation involving an employee or his/her family. An "emergency" under this code is an unforeseen circumstance that requires immediate action and is of such seriousness and magnitude that the employee must immediately absent himself/herself from duty and no other layoff code governs the situation, e.g. DIF, LOS, SIF, etc. Employees must use the lay off code that most appropriately describes the reason for the absence and may not use "FEM" as an excuse to be absent from duty for reasons other than those that can accurately be described as an emergency. Use of code "FEM" will be closely monitored. Once granted authorization for layoff code "FEM," the employee must contact his/her supervisor within 24 hours to provide reason for the FEM. Misuse will result in corrective action against the offender and review of the code "FEM" as an unrestricted emergency code. ========================================================================= C. Bereavement Leave and DIF Layoff Codes Train, yard and engine employees who unfortunately suffer the loss of a family member covered by Bereavement Pay agreements can use the layoff code DIF (Death in Family) in the Crew Support System to mark off. Employees will be automatically marked up from DIF at the expiration of the approved time off. Family members who are covered by all the Bereavement Pay agreements include brother, sister, parent, child, spouse and spouse's parents. Based on the location and craft of the employee's current assignment, additional family members covered may include grandchildren, half and step brothers and sisters, step-children and legally adopted children. Refer to the agreement covering the employee's area or visit the Labor Relations' website under the TY&E Comp Systems link. The Bereavement Pay agreements provide for three day's pay at the agreed to pay rate. The employee need not have stood for work on one or more of the days to receive payment, and all three days qualified for bereavement pay will not count as an absence under the Attendance Guidelines. Employees claiming bereavement leave should use CA Code 05 on a special claim and fax the obituary notice with the special claim ticket number to 785-676-5186 or 8-676-5186. BNSF understands a person may lose a family member not covered by the Bereavement Pay agreements. The DIF code should not be used in these cases, but the code FEM (Family Emergency) is available for immediate layoffs. Documentation must be maintained that explains the absence in the event the employee is required to provide the information to his/her supervisor. The supervisor may also help schedule additional time off through use of alternate codes such as LOP (Layoff Personal), PLD (Personal Leave Day), or a Leave of Absence if applicable. Employees who lay off DIF, but do not send the supporting documentation to Comp Systems by the 10th of the following month will be considered unavailable for duty and handled in accordance with the TYE Attendance Guidelines. ========================================================================= D. Pre-Approved Lay Off System The following enhancements have been made to the pre-approved lay off system. The supervisor should be contacted if there are any questions. * In the 30-day period between day 90 and day 60, BNSF will accept and hold all requests for PLD and SDV only. On the 60th day prior to the lay off date TSS will distribute the allocation of days according to seniority. * Requests 60 days in advance and less, employees can be approved for up to four unpaid personal days (identified by layoff code LOP). Employees are still able to request all of their PLD and SDV days. When calculating LOP days, any portion of a calendar day is considered one day. * Once approved, individuals can move an LOP, SDV, or PLD up or back one calendar day. The employee can request this change of start day within 48 hours of requested start time. * There is a monthly process for supervisors, crew managers and local chairmen to review availability and set allocation for upcoming advance allocation periods * Employees may request a single day of vacation or a personal leave day between 60 and 90 days in advance of the day it would be taken. For example, on Sept 8, an employee could request a day off that he/she plans to take Nov 7. The employee will be able to check if the request has been approved 60 days in advance or at 0001 Sept 9th. Employees can request as many vacation or personal leave days they have currently available to them. Bidding process and sliding process ----------------------------------- Employees can enter a pre-approval layoff request for a single day or multiple days. If a multiple day request is entered, the request cannot be submitted until the whole request is within the request window. None of the days will be considered for approval until the entire request is within the approval window as the program will not address (approve/deny) until of the last calendar day of the multi-day request. Employees desiring high demand days off are encouraged to enter their requests one day at a time so that each day will be considered as it reaches the approval date. For example, an employee makes a three-day request for PLD. All 3 days have to be within the 90 day window before the request can be entered into the system. Sixty days prior to day one of the request, the first day of the request will not be considered for approval because portions of a three-day request cannot be approved. All 3 days of the request have to be within the 60 day window for any of it to be considered Entering single days at a time eliminates the possibility of an allocation being full before a multiple day request will be taken into consideration. Assigned employees cannot slide their requests as they already have assigned rest days. The slide function was designed for unassigned service where start times are not known in advance. ========================================================================= E. Lay Off Process for Military Personnel Two distinct lay off codes have been established which apply to military service. It is important to use the appropriate lay off code to distinguish between these two types of military service, as these codes ultimately drive benefit and pay eligibility. Code = Purpose NGD = This code should be used only for National Guard, Drill, Training or State Emergencies. Note: NGD leaves greater than 10 days must be covered by a leave of absence. The supervisor must be contacted to complete this process. MLV = This code should be used for all other military service including: Global War on Terror (Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom), enlistment into the military, or any other military service or training (other than National Guard). Note: Military leaves greater than 10 days must be covered by a leave of absence. Benefit Coverage ---------------- Employees who wish to retain coverage under the BNSF program while on leave will continue to pay the monthly contribution. Contribution will be taken out of any make whole payments received from BNSF while on leave. Otherwise, these contributions are required to be caught up upon return. Employees who wish to retain coverage under the BNSF program while on leave will continue to pay the monthly contribution. Contribution will be taken out of any make whole payments received from BNSF while on leave. Otherwise, these contributions are required to be caught up upon return. ========================================================================= F. Jury Duty BNSF and the Labor Organizations representing BNSF employees support employees summoned to perform their civic duties in the form of Jury Duty by providing negotiated agreements for compensation for time lost to employees who are summonsed for Jury Duty. The collective bargaining agreements will govern any dispute as to compensation for Jury Duty. However, the following guidelines are provided to minimize such disputes and provide for prompt and proper payment of valid Jury Duty claims. In the event of a dispute, BNSF and the appropriate Labor Organization will work to resolve the matter. Employees instructed to report for Jury Duty at a specific date and time are authorized to mark off for Jury Duty to make sure they are rested and available for Jury Duty. They are also expected to make an effort to perform their normal duties whenever reasonably possible. Employees subject to certain call-in or "stand by" notification procedures used by some courts will remain marked up except in circumstances where protecting service will obviously jeopardize such notification. If there are questions about the ability to protect service, the employee should consult with a designated supervisor before marking off and jointly set up a strategy to ensure compliance with the court's instructions and to protect his/her assignment when reasonably possible. Employees will be expected to mark up immediately upon release from the courts or, if on call, immediately after receiving notification he/she will not have to report to the court. To validate qualification and provide the proper documentation with the claim: Qualifies For Jury Duty Lost Wages: ----------------------------------- * Reporting at a specific location and time for jury selection and/or Jury Duty when an actual loss of wages occurs. * Reporting for Jury Duty conflicts with the employee's ability to obtain rest under the Hours of Service Act before or after the Jury Duty. Booking additional rest does not apply to Jury Duty. * Extra board personnel who mark off for 24 hours or less will receive the equivalent of a day's guarantee if the trip missed is not completed prior to the mark up. Does Not Qualify For Jury Duty Lost Wages: ------------------------------------------ * Jury Duty that occurs on a rest day or other periods of scheduled or unscheduled time off when no loss of wages occurs. * Layoffs when courts are not in session. Examples include weekends and major holidays. * Any days over the 60-day maximum. The Agreements provide for a maximum of 60 days in any calendar year. * Failure to follow supervisor's recommendations for protecting service or reporting at the court without specific instructions to do so. Supporting Documentation for Jury Duty Claims: ---------------------------------------------- * The following information must be included on the Jury Duty claim: - Date(s) scheduled for Jury Duty - Location - Time scheduled to report - Time released for each day - Lost trip information. * The following documents should be faxed to BNSF line 8-676-5186 or outside line 785-676-5186. - A copy of the Jury Duty notice - The Court's reporting instructions. - A copy of the Court receipt for amount paid while performing Jury Duty which will be deducted from the lost wage payment. Note: If payment is delayed or there is no payment for that day from the Court, authorization must be obtained from the supervisor for payment of lost wages. ========================================================================= G. Lay Off Fatigue (LOF) BNSF wants to ensure that everyone is rested and prepared to work safely. Employees who are fatigued as a result of working numerous trips in a row or working consecutive long trips can use the LOF to take 24-hours off for rest. The LOF code may not be used for any other purpose and employees who misuse the LOF code will be subject to discipline under the Policy for Employee Performance Accountability. For example, this code may not be used to extend rest days, vacation, or other codes. An LOF counts as an unavailable day under the TYE Attendance Guidelines. ========================================================================= H. Lay Off/Mark Up for Outlying Assignments Following a layoff, employees assigned to outlying positions must mark-up prior to the tie-up of their regular assignment in order to release the extra board employee covering their position. If an assigned employee fails to mark-up prior the tie-up of their regular assignment, the extra board employee will be held to protect the assignment's next tour of duty and the regular employee will be charged an unavailable day under the Attendance Guidelines. This does not apply going into the rest days of the assignment. Example: Employee Smith fails to mark-up from a one-day sick layoff prior to the tie-up of their assignment and, as a result, ends up missing two days of his/her assignment. Employee Smith will be charged with 2 days' absence under the ATG. ========================================================================= I. High-Impact Days BNSF has the responsibility to provide our customers with reliable service every day, including High-Impact Days. High-Impact Days are days that have historically reflected higher train crew absenteeism and more missed opportunities to meet customer expectations. Those days are currently identified as: New Year's Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Easter Sunday, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve. Employees who demonstrate frequent and/or a pattern of unpaid layoffs on High-Impact Days may be subject to discipline. Employees who wish to keep track of their recent layoff history can do that at any time through the Workforce Hub by clicking on "Time Off" and then on "Attendance Guidelines." GENERAL NOTICE(S) IN EFFECT ========================================================================= | 1,3,46,64,76,78,94,106,113,121,128-129,140,156,176,181,183,188, | | 190-193,197,199-200,203-206 | ========================================================================= .
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