Since September I have been working for a agency part-time as I am going back to school for my BSN. My schedule is M, W, F. This year Christmas and New Year's Day both fall on a Wednesday. I requested both holidays off and was only able to get off Christmas Day. According to my agency they claim that the hospital requires nurses to work at least one holiday. I think this is a bunch of crap, frankly. The beauty of working as a agency nurse is to have that flexibility. And what's even worse, I will not get holiday pay. I would expect not to get holiday pay, but who is getting that extra time and a half on my behalf, the agency? Is that why they told me that I couldn't have off? Are they pulling my leg?
Any experienced feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Dec 31, '13
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
I would review the employment contract that you signed with the agency to see if it mentioned a holiday requirement. If it did, then you have an obligation to meet. If it didn't, then you can tell them that you are under no obligation to work a holiday...though doing that may or make not make your relationship with the agency--and their schedulers--a little frosty for a while.
As far as holiday pay goes...again, check your employment agreement to see what the pay is for holiday work, as whatever is in there is essentially what you agreed to when you signed it.
My agency does not mandate I work any federal holidays. If I choose to work a federal holiday, I get time and a half.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Dec 31, '13