With fall in just around the corner, it’s that time of year again where Daylight Saving Time is coming to a close — which means it’s almost time to turn back the clocks. Starting at 2:00 a.m. CST on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, Daylight Saving Time will end.
Of course, this means an extra hour of sleep (thank you!). But if you’re an employer, there’s more to it. To ensure you’re ready for a smooth transition, we recommend taking the below steps.
How employers should prepare for the end of Daylight Saving Time
1. Review employee schedules
If you have third-shift employees, review their schedules. If those employees are normally scheduled eight hours (e.g., 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.), they will be working nine hours since clocks will be moving back one hour. To avoid incurring overtime for those employees, adjust schedules accordingly. Do this as soon as possible to ensure employees aren’t caught off guard.
2. Establish a policy or standard
Determine how to handle employees with hours impacted by the end of daylight saving time. If the time change will push those employees into overtime range, many companies will schedule them for one hour less during the work week. Whatever you decide, be consistent so there are no surprises. If you have any questions regarding overtime calculations, it's best to consult your state laws.
3. Communicate changes that impact employees
Remind employees about the time change and any related schedule changes. Alert them in advance if the end of daylight saving will affect their hours worked. Communicate these changes with a notification in any tools employees use (such as Workforce Ready), a sign in the break room or a note on check stubs. Not only will this reduce the number of questions you get regarding schedules, it will save you (and your employees) time and frustration.
4. Check punches after the time change
Most time clocks receive the newly updated time after daylight saving time officially ends (note: all of our time clocks automatically do this). Regardless, supervisors and managers should always review punches to ensure each employee's time is properly recorded. Doing this at the end of the pay period when approving time cards is a typically a convenient time.
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Editor's note: This blog was originally published in 2019, but was updated Sept. 15, 2021 to reflect the most recent information.