Today’s nurses are indeed mobile, as one hospital system recently learned the hard way:
SSM Health Care, a St. Louis-based hospital system has agreed to pay $1.7 million in back pay to nurses who had time deducted from their pay during meals despite whether or not they worked via their mobile phones, according to a report from the Associated Press.
The U.S. Department of Labor found that the hospital owed the nurses the back pay following an investigation by the agency. The back pay was distributed among 4,000 affected employees.
“SSM said in a statement that some nurses carried hospital-provided wireless phones while on meal breaks, accepted calls and did not report worked time, even though SSM policy states phones are not to be carried during meal breaks,” according to the AP report.
Source article from AP