Mandatory Overtime and OSHA

  1. Does anyone out there know if OSHA puts a limit on how many hours one can work in the course of a day or a week?

    The reason I ask is that a friend of mine works in an ADON position. The facility my friend is at does not allow the ADON to hire agency and does not allow non-salary workers to put in overtime. However, this facility states that if a floor is short-staffed, the ADON must fill the empty position. My friend is salary and has been putting over 100 hours per pay period (I believe it is a two week pay period).

    There must be some regulation as to how many hours one can safely work. This mandatory overtime definately puts patients at risk. I have not researched this yet. If anyone knows where I can find some guidlines, I'd appreciate it.

    Thanks!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   memphispanda
    Well, 100 hours over two weeks is only 10 hours of overtime per week. I think that's pretty darn good for a salaried position. Many salaried people put in far more than 50 hours a week. I don't know what the government regulations are on it other than as long as your wage equals above minimum wage per hour it's ok.
  4. by   purplemania
    OSHA does not set those standards. In Texas "mandatory" means over and above what you are scheduled (if scheduled for 50 then 51 is overtime). If the manager is consistently working overtime they are using him/her to replace a worker. If I was that person I would evaluate my pay to determine if I could make the same or more $ with fewer hours SOMEWHERE ELSE
  5. by   agent
    Are most RN's hourly or salaried?
  6. by   llg
    Originally posted by agent
    Are most RN's hourly or salaried?
    Most staff nurses who provide direct patient care are hourly. Most managers and educators are salaried.

    llg
  7. by   agent
    thanks llg

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