Q. Our company employs nurses that care for patients in their homes. We would like to begin running 12-hour shifts and set up an alternative workweek schedule. What are the rules for instituting an alternative workweek for our employees?
A. Under the Industrial Welfare Commission’s Wage Orders 4 and 5, employers in the health care industry may institute (for eligible employees) “a regularly scheduled alternative workweek schedule” that allows work in excess of 10 hours but no more than 12 hours in a day without overtime pay.
If a health care employer establishes an alternative workweek schedule, the normalwon’t apply for affected employees. Instead, nonexempt employees will be entitled to one-and-one-half their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek and double time for all hours worked in excess of 12 in a work day.
Time-and-one-half is not owed for hours worked beyond the regula...(register to read more)