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October 31, 2012

Daylight Saving Time Ends November 4

Filed under: FLSA,Salaries & Pay6:00 am

Time to set your clocks back one hour Sunday, November 4, 2012!  But, how do you pay employees that are working that night/morning?

Most states participate in daylight saving time. Those employees working the graveyard shift when Daylight Saving Time begins work one hour less because the clocks are set ahead one hour. Those employees working the graveyard shift when Daylight Saving Time ends work an extra hour because the clocks are set back one hour at 2:00 a.m.

For example:

The scheduled shift starts at 11:00 p.m. and ends at 7:30 a.m. the next day, your employee works an eight- hour shift and receives a 30-minute lunch break.

  • On the Sunday that Daylight Saving Time starts at 2:00 a.m., the employee does not work the hour from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. because at 2:00 a.m. all of the clocks are turned forward to 3:00 a.m. Thus, on this day the employee only worked 7 hours, even though the schedule was for 8 hours.
  • On the Sunday that Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 a.m., the employee works the hour from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. twice because at 2:00 a.m. all of the clocks are turned back to 1:00 a.m. Thus, on this day the employee worked 9 hours, even though the schedule only reflected 8 hours.

The FLSA requires that employees must be credited with all of the hours actually worked. Therefore, if the employee is in a work situation similar to that described in the above example, he or she worked 7 hours on the day that Daylight Saving Time begins and 9 hours on the day that Daylight Saving Time ends. This assumes, of course, that the employee actually worked the scheduled shift as in our example.

For more information, please contact your local Wage and Hour District Office.
Source:  www.dol.gov

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