Salaried nurses, How much OT is acceptable? What to do? - page 2

Here is my dilemma. I just started a job a 4 weeks ago as a Intake Nurse-RN with a very large home care company. I was one of 4 nurses that were hired. My letter of employment quoted an hourly pay rate. After 2 weeks, I found... Read More

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    KelRN215- I understand that nurses can be considered exempt. It still depends on the contract; which is why I stated that she look into it. I personally know a few nurses that are salary, yet their employers pays them overtime when they work more than 50 hours a week. Granted, the employer may not be legally bound to offer that to them but once he added it to their employment contract, he has stuck to it. The OP seems to have been duped into taking a salaried position and I tried to suggest that she look for some type of employee manual or contract that would have spelled out the terms of employment. Sorry for statement possibly being misleading that all salary employees are the same.
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    I did some digging and found Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Coverage (Exempt vs. Non-Exempt -- The Online Wages, Hours and Overtime Pay Resource which gives all the details of flsa in it's legal glory.

    According to that, an exempt employee pretty much has no protection whatsoever. No guaranteed lunch breaks, no protection from being required to make up lost time, no guarantee of extra pay...

    That said, I make straight time for time over 40, usually in the form of Comp time. I will work a maximum of 24 extra hours per month and that is if my schedule permits.

    Unless my finances change drastically or the economy tanks so that I can't find another job, the day I don't get credit for it in the form of time, money, or an equal incentive (a company car, perhaps) will be the day that I am no longer able to work anything over the 40 in my contract.
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    Just thought I'd leave a follow-up to the story. HR didn't care that I signed an hourly contract, but told I was salary. I did get a doctors note but my boss didn't choose to honor it. The hours got worse, not better. My hours ended up being 10-6:30 with the thought that I wouldn't have to work more than 8 hours. Well, that didn't work either. By the time the clerk and I got all the referrals into the system, it was at least 7:00pm. I was eating dinner at 8:00! My hubby felt so bad that he cooked dinner every night and waited so he could eat with me.

    This is how it added up: horrible hours/10 hr days + No OT+ bully boss and company who didn't care+ weekends+holidays = no thank you!

    I resigned and I am now taking time off to do the RN-BSN with Western Governors University (WGU). I going to work at it full-time so I hope to finish in 6 months.

    Moral of the story: Be careful accepting an Intake job in home care. With some companies, Intake can be nearly a 24/7 operation. The company I worked for is a very large HC company in SE MI affiliated with 5 hospital systems. If you want more info, contact me. Thanks to all who replied and tried to help.

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