Daylight Savings Time Update

2006 Daylight savings wage and hour issues arise next month

Daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. Sunday, April 2, when clocks will be set forward one hour. Shift workers on duty at that time will work one hour less, and paying them for a full shift may raise questions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

An additional hour of pay provided to an employee who works less than a “full” shift need not be included in calculating the worker's regular rate of pay when considering any overtime for that week. At the same time, the extra hour of pay may not be credited toward any overtime pay that may be due. When daylight saving time ends in six months, employees working a nine-hour shift because the clock is turned back must be paid for all hours worked, and the extra hour must be counted in establishing the hours worked in that week.