In addition to forward your watch this Sunday, March 12 at 2 AM, we recommend you keep these tips in mind
- Protect your home: make sure that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms works by changing the batteries; time changes help you remember this important tip
- Know your labor rights: time change is also a change of schedule and affects night shifts and their payment
Remember that the time change is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Arizona (except in the Navajo Reserve).
Most states participate in daylight savings time. Those employees working the graveyard shift when Daylight Savings Time begins work one hour less 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.
Your shift starts at 11:00 p.m. and ends at 7:30 a.m. the next day, you work an eight- hour shift and receive a 30-minute lunch break.
- On the Sunday that Daylight Savings Time starts at 2:00 a.m., you do 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 you only worked 7 hours, even though the schedule was for 8 hours.
- On the Sunday that Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m., you work 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 you 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 you are in a work situation similar to that described in the above example, you worked 7 hours on the day that Daylight Savings Time begins and 9 hours on the day that Daylight Savings Time ends. This assumes, of course, that you actually worked the scheduled shift as in our example.
For more information, please contact your local Wage and Hour District Office.