Sunday morning, I asked a group of tired children “What is so great about Daylight Savings Time?” The most common answer was, of course – “We get more light”. No one said “I had to get up to early” or “It’s was dark when I got up”.

For me Daylight Savings time is a dual edge sword. Just as I am enjoying coming to the office without my car headlights on, I get thrust back into the dark.  Being an hourly non-exempt employee who works the graveyard shift may feel the same way if the payroll administrator where he or she works isn’t paying attention to the issue created. I’ll let the Department of Labor explain:

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….

Of course, when we get to November and set the clocks back, remember that employees working the graveyard shift must be paid an extra hour. I guess it all works out in the end.

For more information, please contact your local Wage and Hour District Office at

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