On Sunday morning our clocks went forward one hour. We all missed out on an hour of sleep, but on the upside we can now start enjoying more daylight hours each day.

Sunday has been chosen as the most ideal day for daylight saving changeovers as fewer people are working during that time, therefore minimising the impact on workers and employers.

If, however, you had employees working a shift when daylight saving commenced, they will be entitled to be paid their normal hours. For example if they worked from midnight to 8am on Sunday morning, they would have worked for 7 hours but should be paid for 8 hours so they are not disadvantaged by the change.

When daylight saving ends again and the clock goes back one hour (on the first Sunday in April) it works like this: someone working from midnight to 8am would end up working a total of 9 hours, and accordingly should be paid for the actual number of hours worked, ie 9 hours.

If you have any queries regarding daylight saving and its effect on paying wages, please contact our employment and payroll expert, Vicki Cozens. Click here to e-mail her - she will be happy to help.