Goodbye OT: RN's LOOSERS, LPN's WINNERS - page 5
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From MSN, the new OT bill was passed. RN's you loose, LPN's win. Overhaul redefines overtime pay rules advertisement More lower-income workers are guaranteed overtime pay, but workers such as chefs, journalists... Read More
- 0Apr 25, '04 by wjf00Quote from lee1In the unit I work in a lot of nurses topped $100,000. last year. At least 2 I know of topped $125,000.How many nurse's (RN) that make more than $100,000/yr. There are none in my area unless they are managment and they don't get OT anyway.
So these changes do affect nurses.
I regularly refuse all OT. I work 24 hours a week and I dont particularly want any more hours. If not for a union contract I could be forced to work OT with no compensation.
- 0Apr 26, '04 by ktwlpnQuote from orrnloriI think many of our co-workers are truly worried about paying their bills-many depend on OT .......If you don't have a union you will be at the mercy of your administration and many are very shortsighted....Some do have a little grasp on reality-very little.......you are right about that......Geeeeezzzzz. I think some are getting their panties in a wad when the details are not clear yet. While I know hospitals are not always the brightess bulbs in the fixtures I still think they have a little grasp on reality here.
- 0Apr 26, '04 by mitchsmomFace it, you're all going to be screwed because I just decided to enter this profession so naturally it will go to $&!.
Seriously, I don't think it will make a huge difference right away but they will use it to chip away little by little. If they do it that way then no one will revolt (which they have apparently been doing this slowly for years already judging by what I read around here... higher pt/nurse ratios, mandatory OT, etc etc. more work, less time to do it...) . Slow and steady wins the race. Of course they are going to save money at any possible opportunity, that's the bottom line.
My husband has coworkers in his company in CA that sued the company, claiming that they are non-professional level workers so they should get OT. They won their suit and so the CEO basically swore they would NEVER get a minute over 40 hours unless it was over his dead body and hired another worker so they DON'T. Now they make EXACTLY their salary and not a penny more (before they didn't get time + 1/2, but at least they got paid their regular day's rate if they worked extra).
There's always a way to get around it.
Jennifer, I think BSN's, MSN's, etc. fall into the same category as ADN RN's. I think the two year degree thing was the dividing line that made RN's "professional" and eligible for salary/no OT (I guess at the $100,000 mark... I still don't understand it all either). An educational level less than the 2 year degree was decided as "skilled labor" (hourly labor, blue collar, whatever they call it) and qualifies for OT as part of an hourly wage worker. Someone correct me if I've got it all wrong
In this situation it is confusing because RN's are hourly workers too... usually it's a difference between salaried workers who don't get OT, any extra work is part of the job description and considered part of their salary; and hourly workers who traditionally get OT.Last edit by mitchsmom on Apr 26, '04
- 0Apr 26, '04 by kwagner_51Neither Kerry nor Bush can do ANYTHING!!! They have absolutely NO power. We need to be concerned about our US Reps and Senators.
More important than the president, learn who your [our] State Reps are. It will be changed in the STATE house NOT the WHITE HOUSE!!
Each individual State has the right to override the Fed gov. [10th Amendment to the US Constitution]. States can't go lower but they can go higher. [i.e. min wage] States can also pass laws to overrule this Crap! We just need to let our state people know!!
- 0Apr 26, '04 by NannaNurseI agree.......WE are the one's who will have to STAND UP AND YELL AS LOUD AS WE CAN THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!! I've said for a long time, I will we nurses had the 'balls' to pick a day and make it a 'National Nurses Sit Out Day' where all of us, regardless of title, LPN and RN alike...we are all PROFESSIONAL people and we are getting royally screwed :hatparty:
We really can't complain about our work load, hours, etc....because we had stood by and allowed it to happen.
We all need to get unionized and let the 'powers that be' we are sick and tired and we are not going to take it anymore.
Until we all, as one voice, one group, are heard AND seen, we are going to keep working our butts off and line the pockets of other people who really don't give a crap :angryfire
- 0May 4, '04 by rasmuQuote from suemom2kayI believe that the DOL is actually being clear about it's intentions toward registered nurses. What they are saying is that registered nurses who are paid an hourly basis, will get overtime. Salaried registered nurses will not.Exempted from the rules means no overtime pay. Exempt employees do not get overtime pay.
To qualify for the learned professional employee exemption, all of the following tests must be met:
The employee must be compensated on a salary or fee basis (as defined in the regulations) at a rate not less than $455 per week;
The employee’s primary duty must be the performance of work requiring advanced knowledge, defined as work which is predominantly intellectual in character and which includes work requiring the consistent exercise of discretion and judgment;
The advanced knowledge must be in a field of science or learning; and
The advanced knowledge must be customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.
Registered nurses who are paid on an hourly basis should receive overtime pay. However, registered nurses who are registered by the appropriate State examining board generally meet the duties requirements for the learned professional exemption, and if paid on a salary basis of at least $455 per week, may be classified as exempt.
Clear as mud... ain't it???
Licensed practical nurses and other similar health care employees, however, generally do not qualify as exempt learned professionals, regardless of work experience and training, because possession of a specialized advanced academic degree is not a standard prerequisite for entry into such occupations, and are entitled to overtime pay.
When the DOL says "registered nurses who are registered by the appropriate State examining board ... may be classified as exempt.", who they are talking about is ALL salaried registered nurses. There isn't any such thing as a registered nurse who isn't registered by the appropriate state examining board.
The stilted lawyer-like language is deliberate. In an election year, they are trying to create confusion in the press and hide what they are doing to registered nurses.
If you want to know what happens to workers who are salary exempt in a field with high cost pressures and with mandatory overtime, talk to anybody who works in the Information Technology field. Look on their websites, and you will read nightmare stories about how employers in that field view free overtime as UNLIMITED overtime.
Ultimately, this will put pressure on RNs who are paid hourly, as employers try to convert hourly jobs to salaried exempt jobs.
Maybe the shortage of nurses will hold these forces at bay for the short term, but if that shortage ever goes away..... Look out.