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Reduced Lower Limit (RLL)

Selecting the Reduced Lower Limit checkbox when adding a bid group indicates that you wish to bid for a lower block. This means that you are willing to take a block below the minimum credit window without receiving a Reserve line. The N-PBS Scheduler will attempt to award you an RLL pairing block only if it cannot award you a normal pairing block. The interface will not allow you to enter an RLL bid group until you have entered a regular Pairing bid group.

The N-PBS Bidder validates your bid when you submit it, this confirms that an RLL bid group is placed after an unconditional Pairings bid group. This ensures that the N-PBS Scheduler has attempted everything it can before attempting to award you an RLL pairings block.

Reduced Lower Limit Details

You will not be awarded an RLL block if:

  • you did not bid for it - the Scheduler cannot force an RLL block on a bidder

  • the N-PBS Scheduler can build you a legal Pairing block

  • the maximum number of awarded RLL blocks has been reached or if you are below the seniority cutoff - administrators set the number of bidders that can be awarded an RLL block and the seniority cutoff

  • you are a reduced block bidder.

RLL Restrictions - Set Condition

You are not allowed to add Set Condition Maximum Credit and Set Condition minimum Credit bid preferences to an RLL bid group.

  • Note: Set Condition Maximum Credit and Set Condition minimum Credit are available options in an RLL bid Group, however, these bids are not available in the RLL bid group. The Apply button remains inactive until you add a bid that is allowed in an RLL bid group.

An RLL bid group must be placed below a bid group, either Reserve or Pairing, without an Else Start Next Bid Group or a Clear Schedule and Start Next Bid Group - a Reserve bid group can be placed in between.

Reasons Report

There are three messages related to the reasons report informing you why you did not receive an RLL block:

  • Maximum Reduced Lower Limit Line Reached- the maximum number of RLL lines were awarded to senior bidders

  • Not-Considered Below Reduced Lower Cutoff- you are below the RLL cutoff as defined by the administrator

  • Not-Considered Reduced Block- this means that you are defined as a reduced block bidder, reduced block bidders cannot be awarded an RLL block.

Add an RLL Bid

  1. Add a Start Pairings or Start Reserve bid group. RLL bid groups are not available until you have added at least one or more Reserve or Pairing bid group.

  2. Click Start Bid Group.

  3. Click Start Pairings.

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  1. Click Start Pairings on the Bid Preference Editor.

  2. Click on Reduced Lower Limit. A green check mark is displayed beside the text and (Reduced Lower Limit) is displayed beside Start Pairings in your bid.

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  1. Click Apply to add the bid group to your bid.

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