FLSA Considerations for Seasonal Time Changes

Many people have mixed feelings about the end of Daylight Savings Time. You may relish the extra hour of sleep, or find it easier to get up for work on Monday, or you may not like it getting darker earlier in the day. But, most people haven’t thought how it may impact your pay from a Fair Labor Standards Act perspective (FLSA). For example, for non-exempt employees who work the overnight shift that begins at 11 on Saturday, and ends at 7 on Sunday, the shift is 9 hours rather than 8, and the worker must be fully compensated, and may be entitled to overtime pay.

Further, because computers may automatically adjust the time, record keeping may be off and not correctly tally the correct time and hours worked. Experts recommend manual time entry and a close review of time worked for those days when seasonal time changes occur. Both employers and employees may rely too heavily on the accuracy of computers for record keeping. It is a good rule of thumb to keep a backup or manually track your hours to compare with your paycheck.

For more information or if you have any wage and hour questions, please contact the experience Atlanta wage and hour lawyers at Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP for an immediate case evaluation.

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