I have been trying to find a course on labor law without going into a whole paralegal program- unfirtunately I don't even know what to look for in a course outline. I have the same problem with ordering books- I don't know what I don't know, so I don't know what I need...or something like that.
I want to be able to evaluate or hospital's present policies as they relate to standing state and federal laws. I've already found some questionable issues.
1) Mandatory OT cannot be forced on nurses past 12 hours of work except in case of "unforseen circumstance." Our hospital regularly mandates, and policy states they can, up to 18 hours. Is a sick call an unforseen circumstance, or is it a predictable part of doing business?
2)If we are required to get x amount of break time when the shifts are 6 hours long, why doesn't that time double if we are working 12 or 16 hour shifts?
If anyone knows the answers I'd love to hear them.
Perhaps there is someone here that can recommend a labor law book that will get me started- at least get me to the point where I know what questions to ask, and the buzz words associated with different issues.
I think you will have to look at the state level for laws regarding mandatory overtime.
Here is some information regarding the state of Washington: http://www.lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRight...se/default.asp
(per this state governmental site, nurses in Washington are not required to work overtime except in cases of disaster or catastrophe.)
Here is a North Carolina state government site that indicates that overtime may be a mandatory condition of employment. It also notes that breaks are not required for adults.
Check this article out: http://www.afscme.org/publications/2247.cfm
"As of March 2002, laws limiting mandatory overtime have been passed in five states: Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington. Washington and New Jersey have the strongest protection, with a total ban on any overtime over scheduled shift, except in an emergency. Eighteen other states are considering enacting similar legislation."
Last edit by RNfaster on Oct 11, '07
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