I was sitting by a campfire last night and, although it was a beautiful night, I could not help but notice that there are signs of fall everywhere. The leaves are beginning to change, the evening air had a slight nip, and darkness arrived much earlier in the evening. These reminders of fall mean that, because of Minnesota's participation in Daylight Savings Time, we need to think about the semi-annual ritual of the changing of the clocks. Each spring we Spring Ahead by moving the clocks forward one hour at 2:00 a.m. on a designated date. Each fall, when Daylight Savings Time ends, we Fall Backward by changing the clocks back one hour. This year Daylight Savings Time will end on November 2, 2014.
This semi-annual ritual of changing the clocks is often a concern for those employers who have non-exempt (hourly) employees working the late shift (at 2:00 a.m. when the clocks change). When the clocks are moved back those employees usually work an additional hour for the shift. When the clocks are moved ahead those employees usually work one less hour for the shift.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) employers must pay employees for all hours worked and overtime for any hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. So how do these basic rules apply during the changes related to Daylight Savings Time? Here is a summary:
As you enjoy these final waning days of summer you may want to add a review of your pay policies during the changes in Daylight Savings Time to your fall to-do list.
Dorraine Larison concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy law, debtor/creditor law, and employment law. She has extensive experience in the areas of commercial financing, creditors’ rights, and creditor ...
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