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When time does not equal money

Daylight savings is upon us and it got me thinking about the old saying “time equals money”.  In an effort to have some fun at the expense of this old adage, here are some examples that go against this famous line.

After spending part of the week in a manufacturing plant that operates 24/7, I thought about how lucky the person working a 12-hour Saturday night-Sunday morning shift must feel today.  This is the one day of the year that someone working a 12-hour shift gets to enjoy the clocks moving forward.  One less hour at work while still getting paid for a full 12 hours!  I don’t think companies can deny this pay because the employee is usually clocked at an hourly rate, say a 6 pm clock-in and 6 am clock-out.  So while 2 am instantly turns into 3 am, the employee just keeps on working.  Besides, this technicality “free” hour of pay would make up for itself in the Fall when clocks roll back an hour, but let’s not ruin Daylight Savings Day for the person working their 12-hour shift.

And what about Leap Day?  This is one day out of the year that salary employees are technically working for “free”.  If you get paid on a monthly basis, your February salary is not increasing with the extra day so you technically are working for free.  And if you pay rent?  Leap Day is a “free” day of rent!  How about if we turn Leap Day into a National Holiday?  Could you imagine if everyone got an extra day off every four years?  Do you know how much people would look forward to February 29th?  I know I would be excited for that extra day off every four years.  And why shouldn’t Leap Day be a holiday, it’s already a “free” day…

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