The Pennsylvania legislature has enacted the attached law, called the "Prohibition of Excessive Overtime in Health Care Act," that is expected to be signed by Governor Rendell. The law prohibits hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and long-term care providers from requiring nurses and other clinical-care workers to work overtime. This ban excludes doctors, physician assistants, and dentists, as well as other jobs not directly related to patient care. It also contains exceptions for "unforeseeable declared emergencies, a highly usual or extraordinary event that affects healthcare delivery, and unexpected absences that will significantly affect patient safety."

Scott Leah