DiT You Know - Daylight savings



Daylight saving time ended in NSW on Sunday 7 April 2019 with clocks going back 1 hour at 3am to 2am.

Unless an Award or Agreement has a specific provision regarding this (and none of the NSW Health Awards do) when an employee works overnight when daylight savings ends (and starts) they are paid according to the clock (i.e. you follow the clock).

Daylight savings ends with rolling the clock backwards from 3am to 2am. This means an employee working an overnight shift will work 1 hour more but aren't paid for that extra hour.

When daylight savings started, and the clock was rolled forward, an employee worked 1 hour less but were paid according to the clock.

This means when the clock is put forward one hour, an employee who works seven hours will be paid for eight hours. Conversely, when the clock is put back one hour, the same employee works eight hours but is only paid for seven hours.

The problem arises when a person who works the longer shift isn’t guaranteed to work the shorter shift. Therefore, Roster Managers should try to roster the same JMO’s on for these shifts, however, this may be difficult for roster managers to implement d ue to JMOs work patterns (e.g. term change overs, working in different departments, and/or within or outside of the LHD).