Monday, November 4, 2019

Third Shift Employees Affected by Falling Back

Most of our clocks automatically reset in the early hours of Sunday when Daylight Savings Time officially ended, but what about your employees who worked that third shift? Do they have to work an hour longer for the same pay because after all, 11:00 pm to 7:00 am is the shift, regardless of whether that totals seven hours (spring forward) or nine hours (when we fall back)? It’s twice a year when we have to adjust payroll for the clock change.

I once had a union actually propose that the morning shift (7:00 to 3:00) be required to come in a half hour early at the end of Daylight Savings Time and leave a half hour early at the start of Daylight Savings Time, thereby “splitting the difference” of the hour swing. Ridiculous.

Even though we don’t have to remember to turn back many clocks, employers do have to remember that third-shift employees who normally work a full 40-hour workweek actually will earn time and one half on that extra hour that they worked yesterday. No way around it. Pay it and remember that most of the rest of us enjoyed the extra hour of sleep.