Published On: Sun, Nov 4th, 2012

Fair Labor Standards Act Advisory for Daylight Savings Time

Is your boss obligated to pay you for the hour lost due to Daylight Savings Time? For instance, if you worked on Sunday, and, because of Daylight Saving Time, your boss only wants to pay you for 8 hours instead of the 9 that you worked, you may be wondering if this is legal.

Yes, it is legal. The FLSA requires that employees must be credited with all of the hours actually worked.

Most states participate in Daylight Savings Time. Employees working graveyard shifts when Daylight Savings Time ends, work an extra hour because the clocks are set back one hour, at 2:00 a.m.

For example, the employee works the hour from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. twice because at 2:00 a.m. the clocks are turned back to 1:00 a.m. Therefore, on this day the employee worked one hour more.

Therefore, if an employee worked such a shift, they should be paid for the extra hour.

For more information, visit the Department of Labor Website elaws.

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