Tex. Health & Safety Code Section 258.004


Section 258.003 (Prohibition of Mandatory Overtime) does not apply if:


a health care disaster, such as a natural or other type of disaster that increases the need for health care personnel, unexpectedly affects the county in which the nurse is employed or affects a contiguous county;


a federal, state, or county declaration of emergency is in effect in the county in which the nurse is employed or is in effect in a contiguous county;


there is an emergency or unforeseen event of a kind that:


does not regularly occur;


increases the need for health care personnel at the hospital to provide safe patient care; and


could not prudently be anticipated by the hospital; or


the nurse is actively engaged in an ongoing medical or surgical procedure and the continued presence of the nurse through the completion of the procedure is necessary to ensure the health and safety of the patient.


If a hospital determines that an exception exists under Subsection (a)(3), the hospital shall, to the extent possible, make a good faith effort to meet the staffing need through voluntary overtime, including calling per diems and agency nurses, assigning floats, or requesting an additional day of work from off-duty employees.
Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 742 (S.B. 476), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Source: Section 258.004 — Exceptions, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.­258.­htm#258.­004 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

Jun. 5, 2024

§ 258.004’s source at texas​.gov