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jodyangel, RN

Specializes in L&D.

I will keep all time cards now.

Yes I know I'm stressing...but I've lost trust at this point.

jodyangel, RN

Specializes in L&D.

@NedRN,

You said this..."A question for you, is your agency cutting your stipends along with not paying you full weekly hours, or penalizing you per your contract for missed hours?"

Well I just looked at my paycheck closely. Actually it wasn't buried. Yes they deducted from my PD and my Housing. In other words they did not pay me the quoted stipend. BUT I do see it in the contract..according to the IRS, any hours worked less than the agreed weekly hours will constitute prorating the weekly meals and incidental allowances downward to reflect the total appropriate hours worked in a work week.

So now that I'm looking at all my paystubs, the weeks I worked OVER the 36 hrs did Not give me a higher stipend, but they prorated it down when I was put oncall. Which doesnt make sence. I'm still away from home, still have to eat and pay for my lodging.

I'm assuming since its in my contract there is nothing I can do about that.

Oh and yes they paid me for the 8 hours I was put on call so thats a relief....

jodyangel, RN

Specializes in L&D.

Ok so I've looked very closely at the wording on the contract. It says "prorating the weekly meals and incidental allowance downward..."

So that's Not my housing correct?

Well they Are not paying the amount stated for housing but they are prorating it down.

Is that legal? I mean I don't understand any of the prorating honestly...I'm here in my room I Pay for and I still Do have to eat.

@NedRN..would love your input.

No, prorating the stipend is not quite legal. However the vast majority of agencies have a legal workaround. They make up a missed hour penalty that is based on the stipend. Besides not annoying the IRS, it is taken out of your taxable hourly instead of your tax free stipend which is beneficial.

If you look at the amount, it likely includes housing value too.

The IRS could potentially ding your agency for the contract language and practice but it won't help you at all.

jodyangel, RN

Specializes in L&D.

Well they did prorate all my non taxable pay.

jodyangel, RN

Specializes in L&D.

@NedRN I'm specifically asking because you said in an earlier post that you would really be mad if they did that. Yes I'm really mad but is there anything I can do about it?

If the contract says how many hours are provided, and you were scheduled and available to work those hour, sure you can sue for the balance owed. You will have to be pretty darned mad because it is too little an amount to go through so much hassle and expense.

Pretty sure I'm repeating myself here without rereading the entire thread.

jodyangel, RN

Specializes in L&D.

Sorry but things have slowly unfolded here so I'm tackling them as I see them.

I am short about $500 so far and 7 weeks into my contract. So I expect to be at about $1000 or close to it when I'm done.

Not thinking of suing for that no, but will bring it up to the Recruitor.

I'm just wondering if the wordage "weekly meals and incidental allowances" include my housing.

A big part of me just wants to leave it be and just NOT sign up for another 13 weeks. I got here yesterday and they put me on the October schedule. No she didn't ask me. So I won't be here and will let them know that.

That's the professional thing to do. It is not the hospital's fault. Do it soon - you might find out your agency has committed you to a second assignment. I hope not.

jodyangel, RN

Specializes in L&D.

Well they Not do that...cause I'm not obligated to something I didn't sign.

Apparently you are! ;-)

jodyangel, RN

Specializes in L&D.

Nope I'm not extending. I will let my Recruitor know when she returns my call.

umm, it's total BS, you need to find a different company. I am now friends with an old recruiter who left the field a year ago. She recently told me that YOU are not guaranteed hours, but u can bet your arse that the company is getting paid even if u are called off, they are pocketing the money.

jodyangel, RN

Specializes in L&D.

#raindrop well I'm Not surprised.