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EverythingHR Staff | 03/08/2019 | Blog

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Daylight Savings Time Begins March 10th

By Robert Campbell, Senior Research Consultant, EverythingHR

The majority of the country (all states except Arizona and Hawaii) participates in daylight savings time. Those employees working the graveyard shift when Daylight Savings Time begins work one less hour, because the clocks are set ahead one hour. Those employees working the graveyard shift when Daylight Savings 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 Savings 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.

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 Savings Time begins. This assumes, of course, that the employee worked the shift exactly as scheduled in our example.

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