Some employees lose an hour of pay when Daylight Saving ends

IMAGE: HURST PHOTO / SHUTTERSTOCK
IMAGE: HURST PHOTO / SHUTTERSTOCK

At 3 am last Sunday, daylight saving ended for those states that have it (ACT, NSW, SA, Tas and Vic) when the clock went backwards 1 hour.

For employers with employees working an overnight shift at this time, this presents an interesting question as to how many hours they should be paid for that shift.

The Fair Work Ombudsman advises that employers should pay according to the clock, unless the employee is covered by an award, registered agreement or employment contract that says otherwise.

When daylight saving ended at 3am, the clock was wound back to 2am. This meant that employees who were working at the time would work an extra hour without being paid for it (unless their award, agreement or contract specifically deals with daylight savings).

On the other hand, employees who are working at the time daylight saving begins will receive an extra hour for that shift.

Small businesses who are unsure which award covers their employees can get free advice from the Fair Work Ombudsman. There are numerous resources on the FWO website, and if these don't assist in resolving the question you can lodge an online enquiry or call the FWO directly for assistance.

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