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When to Fall Back 2012

Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends this Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00am. For the US and its territories, DST is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and Arizona. For everyone else, it's time to roll back your clocks 1 hour.

In the US, 2:00am was originally chosen as the time to roll clocks back because it seemed like a practical time to minimize disruption. The thinking at the time was that most people were at home at 2:00am and this was when the fewest trains were running. Times have certainly changed.

You may be wondering how the time change impacts your employee time clock software. For most users, there’s no impact at all. Virtual TimeClock records all time stamps from the computer running the TimeClock database or from an independent Internet time server. In other words, Virtual TimeClock records the time as reported by your computer. As long as your computer handles the time change automatically, Virtual TimeClock will always record the correct time for you. If you have worker shifts that cross the time change, you do need to manually add or subtract an hour for that shift, depending on the time of year.