Decline a shift equals termination?

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    Seeking work and came across something odd.

    Preceeding the following paragraph is a grid 24 rows long by 7 columns wide with the instruction to put an x in each box for hours you are commited to work going forward. Hours commited can only be changed with two-weeks notice. And then this:

    "By signing this document, you are knowingly accepting the hours you have advised you are available and upon receiving a shift within your available hours you decline it will serve as voluntary termination as per this agreement."

    Would you sign this?

    I'm thinking if I say I can work Tuesdays 7 AM to 7 PM, they are free to call me at 11:00 AM on Tuesday and "demand" I work Noon to 7 PM or I'm voluntarily terminated.

    Maybe this is a common agreement. Surely they have some problem they are trying to solve. But it seems threatening their employees is their first best effort at solving it. Of course they can fire me at any time, but this agreement says if I decline a shift, I quit. Worse still, it seems a handy way to implement forced overtime.

    I'm leaning that given the odd document and general messiness, this is not the place for me.

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  2. 20 Comments...

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    I have NEVER HEARD of such a thing! That is exactly what they are saying....they are trying to circumvent mandatory OT by saying you volunteered.....yet still threatening your job.

    I would proceed with extreme personally.... I would NOT sign the document.
    BSNbeDONE, jadelpn, sharpeimom, and 3 others like this.
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    Never heard of that before. Sounds like a terrible work policy. I wouldn't sign it.
    Esme12, anotherone, loriangel14, and 1 other like this.
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    Don't put your X in any box. Nursing scheduling seems random enough as it is. How am I supposed to know if I will be available every Tuesday for the next 20 years?
    Do you do self-scheduling?
    SoldierNurse22 likes this.
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    I don't think I would sign either, sounds like there is something going on....

    If OP gets more info on this, I'd be curious to see what it is.
    loriangel14 likes this.
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    I wouldn't touch it.
    Esme12 and imintrouble like this.
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    It's a trap.
    Kencanwin, Esme12, NurseDirtyBird, and 2 others like this.
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    The stress would be too much for me, even if I was available .
    I'd sign it without any complaints and start brushing up on my interviewing skills .
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    wow- they must not be planning to keep any employees around for too long.
    Esme12 likes this.
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    "voluntary termination" = quitting a job = no unemployment benefits should you find yourself unemployed after refusing a shift.

    hmmmm Definitely sounds shady.
    Last edit by 1feistymama on Jun 25, '13 : Reason: typo
    Esme12, NurseDirtyBird, and jadelpn like this.

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