Daylight Saving Time Ended November 5 – Are You Paying Correctly?
On Sunday, November 5 at 2 a.m., we turned clocks back one hour to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time. Employers whose nonexempt employees were in the midst of a shift at 2:00 a.m. on November 5, when that time becomes 1:00 a.m. may be required to pay these employees for one additional hour of work—if, in fact, the time change extends the number of hours actually worked. This is because federal law requires employers to pay employees for all hours worked, and these employees will have essentially worked the hour from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. twice (and that “extra” hour will carry over throughout the remainder of the shift).
Also, depending on how a company defines its work week, there may be overtime obligations if the extra hour worked pushes hours worked over 40 in that workweek, or for those it applies to, over 8 hours in the day.
For employers with locations in other states, please keep in mind, not all states observe daylight saving time.