Published Jul 21, 2004
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NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN
i personally would like to see a full text of HR 2665, but am unable to on the House of Representatives website. .
Remember to search by Congressional Session. Current for 2003-2004 is 108th.
this is all i'm able to locate. . . .
Overtime Compensation Protection Act of 2003 (Introduced in House)
HR 2665 IH
H. R. 2665
To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to protect the rights of employees to receive overtime compensation.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 8, 2003
Mr. KING of New York (for himself, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California, Mr. MCHUGH, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. LATOURETTE, Mr. ANDREWS, Mr. OWENS, and Mr. KIND) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. PROTECTION OF OVERTIME COMPENSATION.
not the full text of the bill, just summary.
Ok, I lean conservative..but I don't know enough about the subject. I haven't come across anything that tells me overtime pay will be gone. When is this supposed to happen?? The last thing I read said that RN's who are paid hourly will continue to receive overtime pay for any hours over 40 worked in a week.
I am personally an exempt employee. I always have been with this company and knew that when I was hired. When I was in the hospital I was "forced" to work OT but was paid for it (mandatory call). Here I make my own schedule..leave when I want, get here when I want but make sure my work is done-even if that means staying late some days.
My friends working fulltime in the hospital are being paid quite WELL to do overtime, and one co-worker who moonlights in the NICU is being paid $50 extra for each 4 hours of PRN she does. In the "real world" I have not seen or heard a thing about overtime pay being taken away.
I agree with what Tom said..no OT pay no OT work.
The OT laws have not changed that much. If employers wanted to they could have always made nurses exempt. But let's say the worst happens. Your employer changes you to exempt. Then wants you to do mandatory OT but not pay you. How many times will that happen before the hospital has NO nurses? I would be looking elsewhere immediately. And of course, if they aren't willing to pay OT I would never have adequete childcare for my young children and neither would most nurses w/children, I suspect.
Someone asked a question about state OT laws. Although, federal laws supercede state, this is only the case where federal offers more protection. If your state adopts stricter OT laws that is fine (i.e., RN's must be paid OT). What the state cannot do is if the Federal law states RN's must be paid OT, the state cannot say that RN's can be exempt.
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