01 October 2018
Paying for Daylight Saving
With daylight saving arriving on Sunday morning, many workers would have worked an hour less than they would normally, so are they entitled to be paid for the lost hour or not?
In simple language, the law states that when a person works less than they normally would because of daylight saving, their pay should be equal to the amount of pay and allowances they would otherwise have worked. This means that the person still gets their standard pay with no reduction for daylight saving and the individual does not have to make up the time.
However, for casual employees, or those with no regular shift pattern the problem of what constitues normal working hours that they would 'otherwise' becomes problematic and there is no clear cut answer as to entitlement.
Of course the question of 'what about when daylight savings ends arises. In whch case the argument used to justify paying the employee applies so the employee woulfd work an extra hour for no additional reward. So, in the end it balances out.
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