SUPPORT BAN ON MANDATORY OVERTIME: Help Keep Patients and Healthcare Workers Safe

Any healthcare worker can tell you the truth about mandatory overtime: it is unsafe for their patients, and unsafe for themselves. We need to ensure that our health care workers are able to do their job to the best of their ability, which means keeping them healthy, and not forcing them to work grueling, extended shifts above the hard work they do every day.

The House Appropriations Committee is currently considering H.268, Ban on Mandatory Overtime. H.268 bans mandatory overtime, except in emergency situations, and recognizes the growing danger to patient safety posed by forced overtime practices. The State Hospital administration is making exaggerated claims that this bill will end up costing them money, despite much evidence to the contrary. Contact your representative on the Appropriations Committee and ask them to please take up and pass H.268. You can also contact Reps. Shap Smith, Floyd Neese and Lucy Lerich, who make up the House Leadership, and ask them to bring H.268 to floor for a full House vote. Click here to go to our Legislative Guide for contact information.

Tell the legislature: Mandatory overtime is unsafe for patients, as it could increase the likelihood of medical errors that could result in patient injury. It also jeopardizes the health and safety of health care workers and can put their licenses on the line.