Time to Spring Forward

Spring Forward

And now for a brief public service announcement: remember Daylight Saving Time comes back in the USA on the second Sunday in March at 2:00am.

Yep, it’s that time of year again (I know, I know… already?!) to set our clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time (DST). “Spring forward” and all that.

Did you know there are potential wage and hour issues related to the time change? It’s true!

Overtime Concerns For The Spring Time Change

There’s one thing to keep in mind if you have any overtime-eligible employees who will be working across the time shift: make sure you calculate work time correctly. This can be a real concern (spring and fall) for operations that run continuously, such as hospitals, hotels, and some restaurants and factories.

Here’s how it works. When the time changes at 2:00am, the clocks will jump forward an hour to 3:00am, causing us to “lose” an hour on paper.

If you simply compare an employee’s start time to their departure time, you would count their time incorrectly. Let’s take an example: an employee who starts work at midnight and departs at 8:00am would appear to have worked eight hours. However, in reality, because of the time change they’ve only worked seven hours. (Remember, we “lost” the hour between 2:00am and 3:00am.)

Depending on how many hours they’ve worked during the week, this could impact not only their base pay, but overtime calculations as well.

Of course, the reverse holds true in the fall. Because we “gain” an hour on paper then, employees would appear to have worked eight hours, when in fact they would have worked nine (and might be entitled to overtime).

Note that you can’t simply “average” the time between the spring and fall and pay them for eight hours each time. You must pay hourly employees for the hours they actually work.

Just a little something to keep in mind.

Instructions for Resetting Your Acroprint Clock

If you need instructions for setting your Acroprint product, you can find them free to download and print on our website. Fortunately, most of our newer electronic punch clocks and computer-based systems will automatically make the adjustment for you, so that’s one less thing to worry about. But if you’re not sure whether your product will adjust automatically, or you have one of our traditional mechanical clocks or stamps, everything you need to know is waiting there for you.

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