“She was in need of 24-hour care and I did not have someone scheduled to look after her for those extra hours.My boss said I would be fired if I didn’t comply and said I should bring my mother into work with me.Pennsylvania Code defines categories of mandatory reporters who are required to report cases of suspected child abuse.The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services uses Child Line, an organizational unit that receives, refers and maintains reports of abuse investigations.When the Department of Labor and Industry investigated, they believed my employer, who said I volunteered to bring my mother in, and the case was closed.That isn’t the way healthcare workers should be treated.” Act 102, which bans mandatory overtime for all healthcare workers except in narrowly defined emergencies, was passed in 2008 with bipartisan support after years of research found that when nurses are forced to work long hours, the likelihood of a medical error is three times higher[i] and the safety of nurses and healthcare workers is often compromised.[ii] Additionally, shift length has been shown to correlate with nurse-reported quality and safety measures[iii] as well as increased patient mortality.[iv] “Mandatory overtime puts patients at risk and is unfair to caregivers.The American Nurses Association (ANA) has been outspoken on this issue, calling for legislation mandating staffing plans and ratios.
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“For years we sounded the alarm that the Department of Labor and Industry was slow, weak, and negligent in its enforcement of the law, and now this report confirms our warnings.” De Pasquale’s audit found that since the law was passed in 2008, the Department of Labor and Industry was years late in issuing regulations to oversee the proper enforcement of the law and “failed to accurately record, investigate, and respond to all Act 102-related complaints it received during the period July 1, 2009, through August 31, 2014.” More disturbingly, eight percent of all complaints (99 of 1,246) received were summarily closed due to a lack of resources in place to investigate alleged violations of Act 102.