On July 7, 2010, Alaska enacted a law restricting the amount of overtime nurses can work at private and public health care facilities. Many of the law’s provisions do not take effect until 2011. The law does provide, however, that a health care facility must file a report with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Division of Labor Standards and Safety prior to February 1, 2011. The report, which covers the time period from July 2010 through December 31, 2010, must identify, for each nurse employed by the health care facility or under contract with the health care facility, the number of overtime hours worked and the number of hours the nurse was on call. The Department just recently made the required form available on its web site.
Health care facilities whose nurses have not worked overtime hours and have not been on call during the reporting period may simply indicate on the form that there are no reportable hours.
This entry was written by Christopher Kaczmarek.