I confess I have never held a job that required I work on Sundays, so I had never really gave much thought to what happens when Daylight Savings Time begins. However I received the following from Marc Kouzmanoff at RIA in one of my daily updates last week.
Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend: Spring is almost here and that means the clocks are going to be set ahead one hour in many parts of the country on Sunday, March 14 at 2:00 a.m. Hourly workers who are on the job when the time change occurs will lose an hour of pay. They may also lose overtime pay if the loss of the hour prevents them from going above the 40-hour mark during the week. Employers that choose to pay their workers for the full eight-hour shift do not need to include the additional hour’s pay in the calculation of the employee’s regular rate of pay for overtime purposes. However, the employer may not credit the extra hour’s pay toward overtime since it is not compensation for time worked. Daylight saving time is not observed in Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.
I was appalled to think that some worker out there who had the bad luck to pull duty during the time change for Daylight Savings time would be short changed an hour of work. I am hopeful that employers are also appalled at this very thought and pay their workers for the time actually spent on the job regardless of the time change.
I am left wondering if in the fall when the time changes from Daylight Savings Time do the workers who pull that duty get paid an extra hour of time?