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New legislation affecting nursing/healthcare and the Legislative Committee/PSEA Board recommendation. Full copies of the bills available by clicking on the Bill Number.

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Leave of Absence SB 539

Establishes the Family Leave Enhancement Act providing eligible employees up to 24 hours of unpaid leave during any 12 month period to participate in school activities of children or to accompany children or elderly relatives to medical, dental, or professional services. (Schwartz +8) Referred to Senate Labor and Industry, 2/16/01) No

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SB 623

Enacts the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard Act providing standards and requirements to protect Health Care Workers from exposure to pathogenic microorganisms, contained in human blood. (Corman +9) Referred to Senate Public Health & Welfare, 3/12/01 Support Support Support
Health Care

HB 1147

Would provide for the confidentiality of medical and pharmaceutical records and would require the patient’s consent to release the records in most cases. Also provides penalties for violations. (DeLuca +45) Referred to House Health and Human Services, 3/22/01 Support Support Support
Health Care

HB 636

An act providing for confidentiality of medical records; imposing duties on the Department of Health; and providing for a civil cause of action for violations. (Dermody +56) Referred to House Health and Human Services, 2/12/01 Support Support Support
Employee Rights

HB 1252

An Act providing for a meal or rest period for employees after working a specified number of hours (5 hours with 30 minute meal/rest period) Surra +24 Referred to House Labor Relations, 4/3/01 Support Support Support
Employee Rights

HB 1253

An Act providing for restrictions on overtime by employers known as Restricted Overtime Act. Provides for overtime after 40 hours in one week and an employee right to refuse overtime without reprisal (Surra +23) Referred to House Labor Relations, 4/03/01. Support Support Support
Employee Rights

HB 1254

Amends Minimum Wage Act to provide for two times the regular rate of pay for all hours over 48 (Surra +6) Referred to House Labor Relations, 4/3/01 Support Support Support
Employee Benefits-HC

HB 1270

An Act authorizing health care providers to negotiate with health care insurers; and providing for the powers of the Attorney General and the Insurance Commissioner. (C. Williams +14) Referred to House Insurance, 4/3/01. Support Support Support
Employee Rights

Strikes – SB 38

Prohibits the employment of strikebreakers for a period of six months following the commencement of a strike (Bell +3) Referred to Senate Labor & Industry, 2/15/01)   Support Support