Daylight savings time arrives Sunday

It's time to change time.

Much of the United States - Indiana included - will switch to daylight-saving time in the wee hours of Sunday, March 8.

Officially, Hoosiers are instructed to wait until 2 a.m. Sunday and, when the clock hits the 2 o'clock hour, move it forward to 3 a.m. - skipping an entire hour. The change makes sunrise arrive later in the morning and sunset arrive later in the evening.

In reality, most people adjust their clocks before going to bed on Saturday night and sleep through the time change.
And then there are those who work the overnight shift. How do they get in an eight-hour shift while an entire hour disappears during the nighttime hours?

"That's a good question," says Kathy Knecht, admissions director at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Her overnight employees are scheduled to come in at 10:30 Saturday night and go home at 7 o'clock Sunday morning.
That's an eight-hour shift with a half-hour break. This weekend, though, they'll end up working a seven-hour Saturday-to-Sunday shift with the first-shift employees taking over at 7 a.m. DST on Sunday.

The time will change in reverse on Sunday, Nov. 1, and the employees whose shifts were reduced to seven hours this weekend will get the hour back by working a nine-hour shift that weekend.

That's pretty much the way it works all over town.

"We made that decision based on what the tendency seems to be with other hospitals," says Rick Beemer, Parkview Huntington Hospital spokesman.

Staffers who work on time change weekend in the spring lose an hour, and are paid for only the seven hours that they work, Beemer says.

They'll make it up in the fall, when their eight-hour shifts last for nine hours.

Mayor Steve Updike says third-shift Huntington police officers will report for duty at 10:40 p.m. Saturday (prior to the start of daylight-saving time) and go home at the regular time of 6:40 a.m. Sunday, even though - figuring in the arrival of daylight-saving time - that's only seven hours after they started work.

"Everybody knows they lose it one time a year and gain it back later," Updike says.

"We just follow the time clock, and all the time clocks are set at the home office" in Arkansas, says Larry Baldock, assistant manager at the Huntington Wal-Mart store.

Like the staff at Norwood and the Huntington Police Department, Wal-Mart overnight employees will lose an hour of work time this spring, but gain an extra hour in the fall.