Flash flooding required to stay at hospital without pay

  1. I am trying to understand how a hospital can force you to stay at the hospital when it's a flash flood event. They are not calling teams so no exemptions for anyone. But all day staff must report the day before and spend the night, and this is without any on call pay. It is just mandatory. I mean do police and other first responders have to report to work and stay without pay. No they do not!!! But somehow it's ok to force Nurses and other health care workers to do this. How is this legal. They void the exemption by not calling teams yet make it mandatory that you stay, yet no on call pay. Someone explain to me how this is legal.
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   adventure_rn
    At my last hospital we were in a hurricane zone, and we were payed if we were required to stay the night. Maybe check out OSHA regulations?
  4. by   chare
    This question is best directed to an attorney in your state. He or she can review the details of your specific situation and advise you on your best course of action.
  5. by   Jolie
    At the risk of splitting hairs, they can't require you to do anything.

    They have stated their policy for this anticipated event, and you can choose to comply with it or not. If you believe that you can get to work on time in the morning, feel free to give it a try. If you are there and ready to work on time, I doubt anything will come of it. If you are not able to get there, you will likely be fired.

    Many states allow limited exceptions to labor laws when it comes to disaster preparedness and essential employees. In normal circumstances, you would have to be paid for on-call time. I believe this might be a case where the needs of the public for a fully staffed hospital may be seen to outweigh your interests of on-call pay. Your state labor board can probably answer this question for you.
  6. by   poopylala
    I'm going to PM you about this