Posted on November 4, 2011 by Julie Brook, Esq.
It’s time to turn back our clocks one hour this weekend, which for most of us means another hour of blessed sleep. But for overnight workers, it means another hour of work. And that extra work must be compensated.
When we set our clocks back from 2:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. this Sunday morning, as we switch away from Daylight Savings Time, nonexempt employees who are working the overnight shift will have a bit of déjà vu — they will work the 1:00 a.m. hour twice. As explained on the Employment Matters
blog, this means that an employee whose shift runs from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. must get nine hours of pay instead of eight hours of pay.
The Employment Matters blog also notes that overtime becomes an issue, because that extra hour can mean the difference between falling under or over the 40-hour per week threshold. Employers have to include the additional hour when they calculate an employee’s hours for the week.
Of course, everything is in reverse in the spring when we lose an hour.
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Filed under: Business Law, Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: daylight savings time, employee compensation, overtime, wage and hour |