Every year, in the spring, time changes happen as part of the Daylight Saving Time (DST) practice.

This article highlights what you need to know and do, for your records to stay accurate:

When does DST begin?

Daylight Saving Time adjustments for the spring season can occur at different dates around the year, across the globe. This year, the changes will occur on:

  • for EU ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ countries & UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง: 27th of March 2022
    The date changes every year. The time adjustment usually happens on the last Sunday of March

  • for the US ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ & Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ: 13th of March 2022
    The date changes every year. The time adjustment usually happens on the second Sunday of March

  • for Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ & New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ: 3rd of April 2022
    The date changes every year. The time adjustment usually happens on the first Sunday of October

For other regions, you can find more information here, or here.

When the Daylight Saving Time period begins, the clocks are advanced one hour for warmer months, so that darkness falls at a later time. This practice is in place in an effort to make better use of natural daylight.

Practically, this means that on the date when the DST period begins, the clock will instantly advance one hour (for instance, when the clock strikes 01:00 am, it would instantly become 02:00 am instead. So, on this date, the hour between 01:00 and 01:59:59 disappears).

๐Ÿ’ก Please note, that the exact time for the clock adjustment depends on the time zone of your country, and it can be different from the given example.

This change usually happens during the night, to minimize disruptions in working schedules.

What does this mean for you and how to make adjustments in Planday

The Daylight saving time practice can have different implications on how you manage your organization in Planday, as it depends both on your policies and on the country where you conduct your operations.

โš ๏ธ Planday does not support automatic DST adjustments for shift duration. If you need to switch to DST, you will need to check and manually correct your payroll and schedule:

  • check and edit the shift duration for the shifts that overlap with the DST change. As the clock changes forward (and one hour will disappear) you should make sure that the shift duration remains correct.

    For example, if a shift starts at 22:00 pm and ends at 04:00 am, it should account for 6 payable hours. But, if it's scheduled for the 27th of March 2022, it might account for 7 hours rather than 6. This means that you will need to manually decrease the length of this shift for it to account for the worked hours correctly (remove one hour).

  • check your payroll data, to make sure that there is no discrepancy or miscalculation in the number of hours worked for the date when daylight saving time changes occurred.

    If your payroll data depends on approved shifts (and by extension, on the duration of those shifts), making sure that the shift duration is correct should be enough to also correct your payroll data.

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