I have a long time employee (hired in 2003) who has requested accommodation for the newly required Saturday morning work schedule. Saturday moring work has always been part of our schedule, but not as a mandatory part of the work week. We are facing an upturn in orders that have required a short terrm (2-3 months) addition of these hours in order to meet the production schedule.This is the first request for accommodation he has made, and while I have no problem with accommodatiing as needed, it has caused quite a stir on the shop floor for the rest of the employees that are reqiuired to work those hours. We cannot offer the accommodation while requesting he add the missed hours to his current work day since they are already on extended days and our supervisory staff is not in a position to remain onsite even longer on those days to accommodate this one employee. In the past he has worked some Saturday hours when it was not mandatory.
What do you suggest as to what I should get from him to show that this is a real request for accommodation and not a desire not to work Saatturday mornings in the Summer months?
Any ideas or suggestions as to how to best handle this without causing more upset to the other employees in his same job category would be very welcome
Thank you !