Overtime Pay - page 2

It looks like some nurses are finally getting some action in Federal Court. A group of LVN's has filed a lawsuit to get paid for having to report off the clock, having their meal time interrupted,... Read More

  1. by   wacberry
    My DON tried to explain to me today about lunch time: If you don't take your lunch you have to fill out a form saying you did not take a lunch and the DON has to sign it. Well, if I had time to look for the form and fill it out I might have time for a lunch. If you do not fill out the paper they will deduct the 30 minutes from your time. So why do we clock out at all. Let them do it for us. I don't agree with the system but that is what I was told. I also worked almost an hour off the clock last evening to finish up.
  2. by   Lacie
    Quote from wacberry
    My DON tried to explain to me today about lunch time: If you don't take your lunch you have to fill out a form saying you did not take a lunch and the DON has to sign it. Well, if I had time to look for the form and fill it out I might have time for a lunch. If you do not fill out the paper they will deduct the 30 minutes from your time. So why do we clock out at all. Let them do it for us. I don't agree with the system but that is what I was told. I also worked almost an hour off the clock last evening to finish up.
    Lol, I'm the DON and have the issue!!! Well as it turns out I have a proactive attorney who herself has been discrimanted against in more than just wages. She is taking everything on a contingency basis and after reviewing everything says I'm entitled to not only my OT, but also unemployment wages since I was released 2 weeks before my resignation date (employer had my replacement and didnt want to pay both lol) and they also violated the ADA!! After 30 years in nursing I'm taking my stand.
    Oh if you worked that hour off the clock - they owe you too lol. Keep in mind when off the clock if by chance some fluke that you got hurt even a quick slip on a water spill on the floor your screwed. Dont do it! I have several techs that try to do this and I insist they go home or dont clock out. Something happens than it's your tail on the line no one elses. Dont work for free, you deserve what you earn. Wish I had learned that sooner.
  3. by   dana_8585
    I'm the same. I NEVER work for free. I am a home health nurse and other nurses casually mention that they take work home on the weekends and do their charting at night. I always gripe at my colleagues for this. I find it rude to be expected to work on my personal time and I don't allow my bosses to do that to me unless I am paid well. If you allow them to walk all over you, trust me, they will!! We nurses should take care of ourselves so we can take care of others. I totally agree that doing nothing about it contributes to the problem. If we all just don't take it, then what are they gonna do? Fire all of us? I do wish Texas had a union. It would provide some kind of representation and promote fairness in our work.
  4. by   PostOpPrincess
    We have a lounge where no one is allowed to interrupt us. NO ONE.

    It is far enough from the patient care area that you'd have to walk a few minutes to get to us.

    Perhaps that is the best way to do it is be as INACCESSIBLE during your break as much as possible.
  5. by   wacberry
    That sounds great!! Our break room is right next to the nurses station with a big window so everyone knows who is in there. Residents, families, other staff, they all just walk in. They don't knock, they don't ask if you are on your lunch break, they just come in and start asking what they want to. I have even said before "I am off the clock on my 30 minute uninterupted break". They just keep going, saying this will only take a second. I think I may go sit in my car for 30 minutes.
  6. by   blondnursey
    i used to have that problem, until i did the math ... i was owed a lot of money.

    if i am at lunch i am at lunch.
    period. unless i need to do cpr for a pt.

    i also do not interrupt somebody elses lunch, ever, unless its an emergency (cpr).

    as for families, i tell them i would be happy to talk to them after my break, and refer them to somebody else they can talk to if they have to talk right this second (don, charge, other nurse in the building).

    everybody needs a break.

    and why if you are on your fifteen min break, if you are a non smoker , do people think you dont need fifteen min? any other non smokers have that problem? families see you sitting and doing nothing and never consider it could be your break?? but thats another post lol
    Last edit by blondnursey on Jun 17, '09 : Reason: spelling
  7. by   gest1971
    I have worked for Unions too and believe me it is not better. The union in my state was very unsupportive and I found it easier to work without the union in a company that had a pay for performance system and a solid human resources department. DON'T GO UNION! It won't solve anything. Just another set of problems. We had picketing and threats to strike. The union protected the lazy nurses that called out all the time and didn't work hard because they had seniority. No thanks!
  8. by   morte
    Quote from wacberry
    That sounds great!! Our break room is right next to the nurses station with a big window so everyone knows who is in there. Residents, families, other staff, they all just walk in. They don't knock, they don't ask if you are on your lunch break, they just come in and start asking what they want to. I have even said before "I am off the clock on my 30 minute uninterupted break". They just keep going, saying this will only take a second. I think I may go sit in my car for 30 minutes.
    put up a curtain, and SHUT the door, with a sign "do not disturb".....
  9. by   HM2VikingRN
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    And in my neck of the woods, you'd be out of a job that same day. Management "doesn't approve" of unionizing.
    And that is why we need the employee free choice act. Management has no right to interfere with m first amendment rights of free association.
  10. by   HM2VikingRN
    Quote from wacberry
    My DON tried to explain to me today about lunch time: If you don't take your lunch you have to fill out a form saying you did not take a lunch and the DON has to sign it. Well, if I had time to look for the form and fill it out I might have time for a lunch. If you do not fill out the paper they will deduct the 30 minutes from your time. So why do we clock out at all. Let them do it for us. I don't agree with the system but that is what I was told. I also worked almost an hour off the clock last evening to finish up.
    Keep a log and submit these to the state department of labor.
  11. by   lindarn
    Quote from HM2Viking
    Keep a log and submit these to the state department of labor.
    Hospitals COUNT on nurses not taking complaints about workplace abuses to the Labor Board. They keep you so busy at work that they just wear you out. JMHO and my NY $0.02.

    Lindarn, Rn, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington

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