Audit to look into Pa. compliance with healthcare OT law

Pennsylvania’s auditor general says he’s launching a special audit of the state Department of Labor and Industry and its compliance with a 2008 law that bans mandatory overtime for healthcare workers.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said the audit will review whether the department has investigated and resolved all complaints since the law known as Act 102 went into effect.

Act 102 bans health care facilities including hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient facilities from requiring hourly, non-supervisory employees involved in direct patient health care to work more than agreed to, predetermined and regularly scheduled work shifts.

“Requiring excessive overtime is not only a worker safety issue, it is a patient safety issue because fatigued caregivers cannot possibly provide top quality health care services,” DePasquale said in a news release. “Our audit will review whether or not the law is being properly enforced.”

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