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Shift Differential Definition

A payment made to employees in addition to the standard wages to compensate for the inconvenience of working unpopular shifts. Usually a shift differential is offered to employees working in evening and midnight (second and third) shifts.

Shift Differential Extended Definition
A shift differential is additional pay offered as reward for working outside usual daytime or weekday shifts. Such arrangements are common in sectors like health care, retail, manufacturing, and other establishments that operate 24/7. For further information on supplemental pays such as shift differentials, bonuses, and overtime, please refer to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website.

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Jenna Hutkowski | May 01, 2023

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