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Introduced by Representatives Donovan of Burlington, Edwards of Brattleboro, Milkey of Brattleboro and Pearson of Burlington

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Labor; health; hospital employees; mandatory overtime; prohibition

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to prohibit mandatory overtime for hospital employees.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  18 V.S.A. § 1905 is amended to read:


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(17)  The board of health may, when circumstances warrant, issue a temporary license for such period or periods and subject to such conditions as that the board shall deem deems proper, subject to the limitation that such provided that a temporary license shall not be issued for a total period of more than 36 months.  Such circumstances shall include issues concerning indicators in the hospital’s community report which may result in the board issuing a license conditioned upon corrective measures or a temporary license with conditions.

(18)  All hospitals shall submit to the licensing agency a plan for implementing the provisions of section 1852 of this title and a plan for handling patient complaints, which.  The plan shall become effective upon approval by the licensing agency.  Plans under this subdivision shall include:

(A)  the designation of a person or persons qualified as a patient representative;

(B)  a method by which each patient shall be made aware of the complaint procedure;

(C)  an appeals mechanism within the hospital itself;

(D)  a published time frame for processing and resolving complaints and appeals within the hospital, and notification that further appeals of the hospital’s resolution of complaints may be made to the licensing agency under chapter 43 of Title 18;

(E)  periodic reporting to the licensing agency of the nature of complaints filed, and action taken.

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(22)  No hospital shall require any employee to accept work in excess of eight hours per day or in excess of 40 hours per week or in excess of scheduled hours; the acceptance of work in excess of eight hours per day or 40 hours per week or in excess of scheduled hours shall be strictly voluntary.  The refusal of any employee to accept such overtime work shall not be grounds for discrimination, dismissal, discharge, or any other penalty against the employee. 

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont