State Senate Passes Bill Barring Mandatory Overtime for Nurses
The state Senate yesterday passed by a 21-11 margin a bill (SB 1027) that would prevent nurses from being forced to work overtime except in a state of emergency declared by the state, federal or county government, the AP/San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Sponsored by Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles), the bill would ban "mandatory" overtime for registered nurses and other health care workers, but does not apply to administrators. Labor unions support the bill, but hospital organizations oppose it, the AP/Union Tribune reports. The bill now moves to the Assembly (AP/San Diego Union-Tribune, 6/5).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.