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I am a RN in a ca. emergency dept. my new supervisor has me

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I am a RN in a ca. emergency dept. my new supervisor has me scheduled to work 12 hr night shifts(normal) but 2 days on and 2 days off. I feel that this is not only not fair to me but unhealthy and dangerous for my patients due to the sleep disturbances. Is this legal?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: California Employment Law
Expert:  LawTalk replied 5 years ago.
Good evening,

I'm sorry to hear of your dilemma.

Like you, my wife is an R.N. working in a hospital, and I have represented nurses against hospital employers in the past. I have never represented the hospital.

Unfortunately, under CA law, the 2 on 2 off shift is entirely legal---and despite the fact that it might have negative impact on patient care, unless you can be classified as disabled under the ADA guidelines, then you will be unable to seek an accommodation from your employer allowing you a full day off in between your shifts. And, the shift you have been assigned is lawful---I'm sorry.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Your answer is acceptable, I believe that people should be payed for what they do. Just another question, When you say that my employer must give me a FULL day off between my shifts, do you mean 12 hrs or 24 hrs? as i may be able to force the issue if he has to put everyone on a one day on and one day off schedule.
Expert:  LawTalk replied 5 years ago.
Good evening,

I'm afraid that I perhaps didn't convey my thoughts clearly enough. I was trying to explain that you are not allowed a full day off in between shifts. In fact, there is nothing in CA law to prevent you from being asked to work 24 hours in a row---or 72 hours for that matter. The only thing that the hospitals really care about is the botXXXXX XXXXXne---and so long as the malpractice suits don't rain down based on scheduling, they have little incentive to change their scheduling.

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