Does your work have a cancellation policy? **UPDATED**

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Posted 8/20/2010 by ScrappinSpidey in NSBR Board

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Posted: 8/20/2010 12:12:41 PM
Really annoying and extremely unprofessional. If you want your employees to act like professionals, treat them like professionals.



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Posted: 8/20/2010 12:18:40 PM
that would piss me off as well. If they are going to be dicks about it and not allow people to call in, they should make the schedule available online or email it to everyone.

It wouldn't be that hard to get everyone's email address and then just make a contact list in Outlook or whatever email system they use and send an email blast to everyone with the schedule in a PDF or Word document. Once they get the initial collection of emails for the contact list it is as simple as sending the email to one person by choosing that contact list.

Something has to be worked out because the way they are going about it right now is not beneficial to the employees.


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Posted: 8/20/2010 12:19:12 PM
Check with your state employment office. Some states have laws requiring an employer to pay you 2 hours 'show up" time if you show up and shift is cancelled.


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Posted: 8/20/2010 12:32:40 PM

Check with your state employment office. Some states have laws requiring an employer to pay you 2 hours 'show up" time if you show up and shift is cancelled.

THAT. When you are on call, most states have a law that you must be paid a certain amount of hours if you show up to work and are sent home without actually working any hours.

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Posted: 8/20/2010 12:35:05 PM
So, you never know if you have to work until a few hours before your shift?

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Posted: 8/20/2010 12:35:24 PM
At my job, they have a line you can call (if there is bad weather or something going on), before you come in and they will tell you if the site is closed. If the site is open but you don't have work to do (which is rare), they will offer VTO, voluntary time off. You go home without pay and without penalties. If you go in and systems are down and they tell you to go home, they pay you for the whole shift you were supposed to work, but you do have to show up in order to get paid.

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Posted: 8/20/2010 12:36:51 PM

Check with your state employment office. Some states have laws requiring an employer to pay you 2 hours 'show up" time if you show up and shift is cancelled.


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Posted: 8/20/2010 12:39:21 PM
Here there are laws regarding that as well. If you have a scheduled shift and you show up for work and for whatever reason they decide to send you home, whether without working at all, or even after you've started and have worked for an hour let's say, they are legally obligated to pay you for x hours of work. I think it differs for part-time and full-time employees as to what the minimum they have to pay you for is.

Now, if you show up for work and they offer you the choice of staying or going home, and you elect to go home, they are not obligated to pay you.

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Posted: 8/20/2010 12:45:10 PM
OK you work in healthcare right?

If you are in CA isn't that a union state for nurses? Can't remember what part of the country you are in.

Here (I'm in Texas) at my hospital we call you to cancel at least 2 hours before the shift. Schedules are made at least 4 weeks in advance. If you don't get canceled and come in you have the choice to stay or go home if they don't need you. We don't pay travel time but you can be put on-call and are paid on-call pay.

Wish our census was down it's been up for months hospital has been completely full most days with patients waiting in the ED for beds.


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Posted: 8/20/2010 12:46:16 PM
We have a written HR policy for HR's (hospital requests - not really a request though, it isn't like you can say no.....)

You have to be notified 1 1/2 hours prior to your shift if you are being HR'd. If you are notified less than 1 1/2 hours, then you are paid for 4 hours.

We are HR'd in 4 hour increments (but I work days, I don't think nights works the same way), so we are called again between 9-9:30 telling us if we need to be at work at 11 and between 1-1:30 letting us know about 3. We can also be HR'd at 11 and 3 if our census goes down during the day (yesterday I was HR'd at 3, due to us sending 12 patients home).



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Posted: 8/20/2010 2:10:30 PM
I feel your pain! I am a respiratory therapist and last winter I was scheduled for a 12hr day shift at our campus 35 minutes away from me. I got up at 530am and got dressed and drove their only to find out that they were supposed to cancel me and "forgot". We also have no compensation for travel or minimum pay for showing up or whatever. I was TICKED! They are supposed to notify us by 5am (or 5pm for night shift) if we are overstaffed and they don't need us.

Scheduling is a mess in most of the hospitals I have worked at. It's always an issue. So aggravating!

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Posted: 8/20/2010 2:53:31 PM
Does your employer have a HR webpage with policy and procedures on it? That might have it, or does nursing have one?

Good luck


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Posted: 8/20/2010 3:32:45 PM
Our schedules are done up approximately 6 weeks in advance, after which time we have to trade for a day off.
Our cancellation policy is one hour before the shift starts. ( by 6AM for a 7AM shift) If we aren't called or canceled they are obligated to pay us for four hours.

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Posted: 8/20/2010 3:33:11 PM
Is it possible that your state labor laws cover the cancellations?

It has been a while since I've done HR, but I think it would be worth looking into.

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