What’s happening with mandatory overtime?

Legislation to end the abusive practice of mandatory overtime passed both houses of the New York State Legislature on June 23, 2008.

The law took effect in July 2009, giving healthcare employers, including state-run facilities, time to plan for implementation by increasing recruitment efforts, advancing flexible work schedules, and obtaining contracts for temporary services.

We’re interested in what’s happening in your facility regarding mandatory overtime. Do you feel your employer is abiding by the spirit of the law, or merely providing a bare minimum of compliance? NYSNA asks it members to offer their insights into this ongoing issue… let us know your thoughts and concerns.

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One Response to “What’s happening with mandatory overtime?”

  1. Rod Roca Says:

    My facility has their Nurse Coverage Plan in place and as part of it they have stated that if they call everyone (and document it) who is qualified to work on a particular unit then they can mandate. They state they can invoke a “patient care emergency” which will allow them to mandate if no one is found to work that shift. They have used this at least 4 or 5 times that I am aware of and it has happened to me.

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