Did you work the graveyard shift early on Nov. 3? Then you’re entitled to be paid for working an extra hour, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) reminded her Twitter followers on Sunday.
Most Americans set their clocks back an hour to officially end Daylight Saving Time and return to Standard Time early on Sunday. If you worked an overnight shift, you probably logged an additional hour of work than normal because of the change, and you should be compensated for it.
“Make sure you check your paystub this week and get paid for it!” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Computers sometimes miss it.”
The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employees to be credited for “all of the hours actually worked.”
On Sunday, overnight employees worked the hour from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. twice because the clocks were rolled back, meaning those workers who completed nine-hour shifts instead of the scheduled eight have to be paid accordingly.
The opposite happens when Daylight Saving Time kicks in again — scheduled for Sunday, March 8, 2020. In that case, overnight employees don’t work the hour from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., because at 2:00 a.m., the clocks are turned forward to 3:00 a.m. They would be paid for a seven-hour shift instead of the regularly scheduled eight-hour one.
Almost all states changed the clocks on Sunday except for Hawaii and Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation), which are the only two states that don’t observe Daylight Saving Time.
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