Dec 22

Pennsylvania Law To End Mandatory Overtime for Some Health Care Workers

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) on Thurs signed into law a bill that will prohibit health care facilities from needing mandatory overtime of staff, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The law, started take effect in July 2009, seeks to protect health care facilities through forcing nurses, technicians, technologists, qualified nursing assistants and phlebotomists, along with other caregivers from being disciplined or even discriminated against for refusing to work overtime. Mandatory overtime would be allowed in some cases, such as a natural disaster, but it could be used only as a final resort and employees would have to be provided one hour to arrange for family care. Employers also are prohibited from using on-call time in place of mandatory overtime. Violators could be fined from $100 to $1, 000 per vio…

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