Requiring your staffers to do any type of work before or after their shifts – even if it’s just a few minutes – is a great way to get your company sued. And that’s a lesson that cost this organization millions of dollars.
Nurses who worked for Lehigh Valley Health Network allegedly were required to report to work at least 15 minutes before their shift began – and stay at least 15 to 20 minutes after it ended to distribute and receive info about their patients.
In addition, the suit claimed nurses“routinely” worked a full hour after their shift and during meal breaks all without pay.
In the end, Lehigh Valley Health Network offered to pay $4.5 million to settle the lawsuit.