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."
nurses are pleased with mandatory overtime ban passed by pa hse of representatives