Includes non-nursing direct care staff within provisions restricting consecutive work hours for nurses.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to restrictions on consecutive hours of work for non-nursing direct-care staff
PURPOSE: To include non-nursing direct care staff in provisions of law relating to restrictions on consecutive hours of work.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 Amends section 167 of the labor law, as added by chapter 493 of the laws of 2008 by:
* Adding a definition of non-nursing direct care staff * Adding non-nursing direct care staff to restrictions on consecutive hours of work
JUSTIFICATION: In 2008 legislation was chaptered that limited consecutive hours of work by registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. This bill would include mandatory overtime for non-nursing direct care staff as well. Individuals who provide care directly to patients work in a demanding, stressful environment where proper decision making is part of the job. Under staffing has sometimes lead to situations where people working in these capacities take care of patients with little rest in a demanding environment. Non-Nursing direct care staff deserve to be included in the mandatory overtime statute, so that they can better perform their jobs and provide the highest level of care to patients.
BILL HISTORY: S3557/A7617 of 2011-12; Referred to Labor
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: The act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1080 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to restrictions on consec- utive hours of work for non-nursing direct-care staff THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 167 of the labor law, as added by chapter 493 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: S 167. Restrictions on consecutive hours of work for nurses. 1. When used in this section: a. "Health care employer" shall mean any individual, partnership, association, corporation, limited liability company or any person or group of persons acting directly or indirectly on behalf of or in the interest of the employer, which provides health care services (i) in a facility licensed or operated pursuant to article twenty-eight of the public health law, including any facility operated by the state, a poli- tical subdivision or a public corporation as defined by section sixty- six of the general construction law, or (ii) in a facility operated by the state, a political subdivision or a public corporation as defined by section sixty-six of the general construction law, operated or licensed pursuant to the mental hygiene law, the education law or the correction law. b. "Nurse" shall mean a registered professional nurse or a licensed practical nurse as defined by article one hundred thirty-nine of the education law who provides direct patient care. c. "NON-NURSING DIRECT-CARE STAFF" SHALL MEAN ANY EMPLOYEE WHO IS NOT A NURSE OR OTHER PERSON LICENSED, CERTIFIED OR REGISTERED UNDER TITLE EIGHT OF THE EDUCATION LAW WHOSE PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITY IS TO CARRY OUT DIRECT PATIENT CARE FOR ONE OR MORE PATIENTS OR PROVIDE DIRECT ASSISTANCE IN THE DELIVERY OF PATIENT CARE.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02258-01-3 S. 1080 2
D. "Regularly scheduled work hours", including pre-scheduled on-call time and the time spent for the purpose of communicating shift reports regarding patient status necessary to ensure patient safety, shall mean those hours a nurse OR NON-NURSING DIRECT-CARE STAFF has agreed to work and is normally scheduled to work pursuant to the budgeted hours allo- cated to the nurse's position by the health care employer; and if no such allocation system exists, some other measure generally used by the health care employer to determine when an employee is minimally supposed to work, consistent with the collective bargaining agreement, if any. Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit an employer to use on-call time as a substitute for mandatory overtime. 2. a. Notwithstanding any other provision of law no health care employer shall require a nurse OR NON-NURSING DIRECT-CARE STAFF to work more than that nurse's OR NON-NURSING DIRECT-CARE STAFF'S regularly scheduled work hours, except pursuant to subdivision three of this section. b. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a nurse OR NON-NURSING DIRECT-CARE STAFF from voluntarily working overtime. 3. The limitations provided for in this section shall not apply in the case of: a. a health care disaster, such as a natural or other type of disaster that increases the need for health care personnel, unexpectedly affect- ing the county in which the nurse or non-nursing direct care staff is employed or in a contiguous county; or b. a federal, state or county declaration of emergency in effect in the county in which the nurse or non-nursing direct care staff is employed or in a contiguous county; or c. where a health care employer determines there is an emergency, necessary to provide safe patient care, in which case the health care provider shall, before requiring an on-duty employee to remain, make a good faith effort to have overtime covered on a voluntary basis, includ- ing, but not limited to, calling per diems, agency nurses, assigning floats, or requesting an additional day of work from off-duty employees, to the extent such staffing options exist. For the purposes of this paragraph, "emergency", including an unanticipated staffing emergency, is defined as an unforeseen event that could not be prudently planned for by an employer and does not regularly occur; or d. an ongoing medical or surgical procedure in which the nurse is actively engaged and whose continued presence through the completion of the procedure is needed to ensure the health and safety of the patient. 4. The provisions of this section are intended as a remedial measure to protect the public health and the quality of patient care, and shall not be construed to diminish or waive any rights of any nurse OR NON-NURSING DIRECT-CARE STAFF pursuant to any other law, regulation, or collective bargaining agreement. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.