FLSA Comes Into Play as Daylight Saving Time Returns

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By Michael Trimarchi

Daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. March 11 when clocks are set ahead by one hour across most of the country, bringing an end to four months of standard time.

For payroll departments, the change may lead to questions about wage-payment rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Many overnight shift employees lose one hour of work time, but the FLSA does not require employers to pay the lost hour to those who work that shift.

Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa do not observe the time change.

Standard time resumes at 2 a.m. Nov. 4.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Trimarchi in Washington at mtrimarchi@bloombergtax.com. To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Baer at mbaer@bloombergtax.com.

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