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Warning for thousands of Britons who may suddenly have to work an extra hour

The clocks will go forward at 1am this Sunday (March 27), then it will be 2am – so we’ve effectively skipped an hour. It marks the changeover from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to British Summer Time (BST)

Night workers may be wondering what the clock change means for them
Night workers may be wondering what the clock change means for them

It’s that time of year when the Clocks come first and for many of us that means losing an hour in bed.

But what does that mean if it’s you work overnight this weekend?

The clocks will go forward at 1am this Sunday (March 27), then it will be 2am – so we’ve effectively skipped an hour.

The UK is currently on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which means we are moving British Summer Time (BST).

This will be the place until October when the clocks go back and we return to BST again.

If you’re working during the DST this weekend, we’ll explain what that means for your shift schedule and pay.

What the forward clocks mean to the workers

If you work overnight this Saturday and go into Sunday morning, it depends on your contract whether you have to work a “full shift”.

Pam Loch, solicitor and managing director at Loch Employment Law Limited, explains that if your contact has set hours, your boss is under no obligation to do your work extra.

However, if you work by the number of hours you work rather than fixed times, you may need to stay longer.

“If the contract says you’re supposed to work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m., you only have to work five hours instead of six,” she said.

“If you’re contracted to work six hours on a shift set at 12am to 6am, your employer could change the shift to 12am to 7am so you work six hours.

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“However, whether or not an employer can lawfully do so depends on what is in the contract about changing shift patterns.

“They may be able to do this by giving you limited notice of the change, depending on what is specified in the contract.”

How you will be paid after the time change also depends on your contract and whether it is an hourly wage or a fixed salary.

“If you’re being paid hourly, you’re most likely only getting paid for the hours you work, ie an hour less,” Ms Loch said.

“If you’re employed, you’re probably still getting the same pay, regardless of the fact that you work an hour less if you work on Sunday.

“An employer can take this into account by arguing that it will even out with the winter time changeover.”

Bosses should remind employees of the one-hour change ahead of time so they don’t get late for work on Sundays.

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