I work every other weekend in a 120 bed nursing home in NJ. I really love my residents, their families and my co-workers. The director of the facility is another story. :stone
Last week, when I picked up my pay check, I was handed a contract along with every other per diem nurse. Most of the issues the contract raised I had no problem with. It stated that as a per diem nurse I would agree to work one weekend a month, one major holiday, one minor holiday etc.
The issue that raised my eyebrows was one that concerned call outs. By signing that contract, I would agree to a pay cut of $5.00 per hour for the entire pay period if I called out for any reason.
I was taken aback a bit. I thought about it for a few moments and considered that I never really ever call out. I thought about how much it really hurts patient care when we do work short. Then I thought that my hourly salary minus $5.00 per hour wasn't a bad wage at all and then I signed it.
I'm having second thoughts now. What is to stop my director from punishing his staff like this for other reasons? Other reasons such as a higher decubitus rate.
I have some concerns about this. Is this contract legal? Should I approach an employment board with this?
Any input is much appreciated.