Senate Bill 0627
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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Hospital staffing levels. Requires a hospital to file an annual staffing plan with the state department of health. Provides that the staffing plan is part of the department of health's: (1) report to the general assembly; and (2) consumer guide to hospitals. Provides for minimum hospital staffing requirements. Requires hospitals to maintain certain daily records. Establishes maximum time periods that a hospital employee may be on duty. Requires hospitals to prepare a work assignment policy. Allows the department of health or another person to take action for violations by the hospital. Prohibits a hospital from penalizing or retaliating against an employee who in good faith reports violations or suspected violations, participates in investigations, discusses the violations, or exercises the employee's rights. Provides that a hospital that takes adverse action against an employee for certain actions is liable for certain damages and costs. Allows the court to issue an injunction against a hospital for certain violations.
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