MNA NewsScan, April 24, 2013: CA adjusting well with state-mandated RN staffing levels

24 Apr

NOTES ON NURSING

Nurses Fight State by State for Minimum Staffing Laws   Legislatures in at least seven states and the District of Columbia are trying to answer that question as they debate bills that would require hospitals to have a minimum number of nurses on staff at all times.

Ruling:  MI Hospital Cheated Nurses Out of Proper Pay   McLaren Lapeer Region improperly cut the wages of 51 registered nurses and must pay them tens of thousands of dollars in back pay, an arbitrator has ruled.

LABOR UPDATES

Minnesota’s Pay Equity Laws Have Bridged Gap for Women   Fifty years after Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, women still make less than men. Except in Minnesota. For public employees, there is no pay gap. It didn’t happen by accident.

Reeling Elsewhere, Labor Poised for Minnesota Gains    As economic changes batter organized labor nationwide, eroding its membership and political power, Minnesota has emerged as one of the few places where unions are faring well.

HEALTH CARE

Senate Unveils Mayo’s Destination Medical Center Plans   Rochester residents would be allowed to serve on the authority board overseeing Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center plan under a Senate plan unveiled Monday.

U.S. Hospitals Send Hundreds of Immigrants Back Home    Hundreds of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally have taken similar journeys through a little-known removal system run not by the federal government trying to enforce laws but by hospitals seeking to curb high costs.

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