Mandatory Overtime Bill Passed by House; need to contact state Senators for passage

  1. pa nurses legislative alert: october 6, 2006


    pa state nurses association encourages you to:

    contact your senator to support of hb 957 - known as the mandatory overtime bill
    a vote may occur early next week (october 9). the bill was sponsored by rep. george hasay (r-luzerne).

    about [color=#336699]hb 957:
    this bill has passed in the house and has been amended expanding the definition from "nurses" to "employees". an "employee" is defined as an individual employed by a health care facility or by the commonwealth - who is involved in the direct patient care activities or clinical care services".
    the summary of the bill: prohibits the use of mandatory overtime for "employees" in health care facilities and states that a health care facility may not mandate that an "employee" work in excess of 12 consecutive hours, or in excess of 60 hours per week.
    the bill shall be known as the prohibition of excessive overtime act.

    pa state nurses association supports this bill.

    click here for the pa state nurses association's position statement on mandatory overtime: http://www.panurses.org/index2.cfm?filename=site/resources/position/posstat_ot.htm
    pa state nurses association encourages you to contact your senator, to let them know you support this bill and you urge them to vote for this bill.

    "we applaud representative hasay's efforts to improve workplace conditions for our nurses!" stated betsy snook, executive administrator pa state nurses association. "i encourage all nurses to contact their senators today and voice your support for the prohibition of excessive overtime act."

    see:
    nurses are pleased with mandatory overtime ban passed by pa hse of representatives
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Oct 7, '06
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   akvarmit
    Thanks Karen - already emailed my local state senator tonight. I did some online surfing about the bill beforehand. I couldn't find exactly when it will come to vote in the Senate - but they apparrently re-convene oct 16th.
    Dawn in Pa
  4. by   sunseeker
    I emailed mine!
  5. by   MsLady06
    Okay. If this bill is trying to stop people from working more than 12hrs a day and not over 60hrs a week then I am totally against it. I know people who work 16hrs and if they can hack it then so be it. Some people work doubles or "2 jobs" in one building because they have no choice. Me personally cant do over 12hrs but some people can.
  6. by   sunseeker
    This is overtime that you did not choose, do not want and can't refuse without placing your license at risk!

    Quote from MsLady06
    Okay. If this bill is trying to stop people from working more than 12hrs a day and not over 60hrs a week then I am totally against it. I know people who work 16hrs and if they can hack it then so be it. Some people work doubles or "2 jobs" in one building because they have no choice. Me personally cant do over 12hrs but some people can.
  7. by   MsLady06
    Quote from sunseeker
    This is overtime that you did not choose, do not want and can't refuse without placing your license at risk!
    Okay. I knew that did not make sense. Thanks for clarification.
  8. by   cargal
    What is the status of this bill? Thanks!
  9. by   NRSKarenRN
    PAssed by the house and moved to Senate....expired at end of legislative session. Will be reintrodued this year after legislators reconvene.

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