Massachusetts Healthcare Bill Bans Mandatory Overtime for Nurses and Limits Spending to Oppose Unionization
On August 6, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts signed into law Senate Bill 2400, "An Act improving the quality of healthcare and reducing costs through increased transparency, efficiency and innovation." The law is primarily intended as a healthcare cost containment measure and has received some fanfare for that aspect. What has received considerably less attention are two provisions of the law that apply to hospitals as employers. The first prohibits mandatory overtime for nurses. The second bans hospitals from using government funds to pay employees or labor consultants to persuade employees to support or oppose unionization. To learn more about the law and its potential implications for hospital employers, please continue reading Littler's ASAP, Massachusetts Healthcare Bill Bans Mandatory Overtime for Nurses and Limits Spending to Oppose Unionization, by John Doran and Carie Torrence.