Are you working this long weekend when daylight savings time ends? Make sure you’re across what your entitlements are.
If you are working a shift when daylight saving time ends this long weekend (3am, Sunday 4 April), you may lose an hour of pay. However, you may recoup that pay if you are working when it begins again (2am, Sunday, 3 October).
This is a longstanding practice in the public health system, determined by a decision of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission in 1971. It is consistent with advice of the Fair Work Ombudsman in relation to the private sector.
If you work in the private sector, check your agreement in the first instance to see if there are any references to daylight saving time in it. If not, employees who work overnight when daylight saving time ends are paid according to the clock’s start and finish times. This means, you will work one hour more but will not be paid for that extra hour.
The reason for this approach is, it is simple from an administrative perspective and facilitates appropriate staffing coverage without disturbing the contracted hours of employees.
To ensure fairness, employers should, as far as practicable, roster the same staff on shifts that cover the commencement and conclusion of daylight saving time.
Please note in the public health system, if you’re working overtime when the clock goes back an hour, you should be paid for the time actually worked, and not by your start and finish time.
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