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Half Day Leave


Hi HR practitioners,

Our half day working hours is 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 6pm. Is that common? An employee highlighted that she did not have time to go for lunch when taking the morning off and suggested we change the PM half day hours to 2pm to 6pm. Can you share what's your company's policy?



Reply 1

1) Working hours : 8am – 530pm,
Morning half day : 8am – 145pm
Afternoon half day : 1245pm – 530pm

2) Working hours : 815am – 6pm
Morning half day : 815am – 145pm
Afternoon half day : 1230pm – 6pm



Reply 2

Our half day policy is:

9:00am to 1:00pm = 4 hours

2:00pm to 6:00pm = 4 hours

That makes a total of 8 working hours.



Reply 3

If daily working hrs is 9am to 6pm,then half day leave as below:

9am to 1pm or 2pm to 6pm

No lunch break on half day leave.


Reply 4

Half day should be from 9am to 1pm or 2pm to 6pm. Work at least 4 hours in a day.



Reply 5

Why 4 working hrs in the morning [9am-1pm] and longer working hours [1-6pm] for the afternoon shift? We practice each 4 working hrs for morning and afternoon [2-6pm].



Reply 6

9 am to 1 pm is 4 hours, while 1 pm to 6 pm is 5 hours, this is already more than half a day.

If the employee’s working hours is 8 hours per day, then it makes sense that the afternoon starts from 2 pm to 6 pm (which is 4 hours).



Reply 7

Our company pm leave is from 2 to 6 pm. It is 4 working hours in the morning and 4 working hours in the afternoon.



Reply 8

Half day should be 9am to 1pm (4 hours) and 2pm to 6pm (4 hours).



Reply 9

Our working hours is 8.30am to 5.45pm.

For half-day leave application, working hours as follows:

Morning Leave - 1.30pm to 5.45pm
Afternoon Leave - 8.30am to 12.45pm



Reply 10

You have to minus off the lunch hour. Our half day timing is:

Morning half - 8.00am to 12.30pm but staff report to work by 1.00pm because 12.30pm to 1.00pm is lunch time.

Afternoon half - 1.00pm to 5.15pm but staff can leave office at 12.30pm because is lunch time

The 1/2 hr difference is our lunch hour.



Reply 11

Our working hours are 9am to 6pm, with one hour lunch. Hence actual working hours are 8 hours per day. Morning leave is between 9am and 1pm (4 hours) and after leave is between 2pm and 6pm (4 hours).




Reply 12

Our half day working hours are either 9am - 1pm or 2pm - 6pm. This is factoring that on a normal full day, the hours are between 9am - 6pm and there is 1hr lunch included. So in total there's only 8 working hours.



Reply 13

Normally depends on your company policy for lunch and work hours, since lunch is unpaid.
However, if your timing is 9-1pm and 1pm-6pm, it is a little strange. The morning would be 4 hours and the afternoon would be 5 hours.

4 hours split each way should be reasonable starting at 2pm unless there are specific reasons why you need staff to start at 1pm. As for the employee saying they do not have time for lunch, it should be up to them to around the company hours.



Reply 14

If the employee take morning off, he/she will have to plan her own lunch and report work at 1pm sharp. If the employee take afternoon off, he/she will leave the office at 1pm and then take his/her lunch.



Reply 15

We work at least 4 hrs on Half-day. So, that's 0900 - 1300 hrs & 1400 - 1800 hrs.



Reply 16

So what is your company’s official lunch break? If lunch break is one hour, your employee’s proposal is spot on. FYI, lunch break is not counted as office hours!




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