In the realm of caregiving, where empathy and dedication intertwine, lies a profession that attracts both those who truly embrace it and those who quickly find it unsuitable. Staff turnover is high in this field, creating a stark divide between new recruits and seasoned veterans like our Reddit user, OP. As a result, finding timely replacements for shifts becomes a daunting task, particularly in community homes where a single day staff and a single night staff work tirelessly to provide care over a 7-day spread.
In an effort to prevent burnout and manage overtime, strict rules govern the number of hours employees can work. These regulations, while well-intentioned, often serve as a means to control excessive overtime payments. Overtime in the caregiving industry is compensated at a rate of +70% for the first three hours above the maximum 76-hour fortnightly limit and +100% for any subsequent hours. While employees cannot demand overtime, if required to work beyond their scheduled hours, they are entitled to receive overtime pay.
It is important to note that the individuals under the care of these dedicated professionals are vulnerable and must not be left unsupervised. As a result, one must remain on-site until a suitable replacement arrives.
Our story takes us back over 15 years to when OP worked tirelessly with people with disabilities in a community home. During this time, staffing issues ran rampant, leading to countless overtime hours and a revolving door of new faces. The home itself housed four adults with intellectual disabilities, and despite its seemingly manageable nature, it lacked adequate support, leaving staff members to fend for themselves without the nearby presence of a supervisor.
1. Is that a threat or a warning?
2. This story is about 15+ years old
3. The OP says that there are some strict rules regarding the hours you can work
4. Long story short they can’t go home until their replacement arrives
5. The OP says that the house he worked in wasn’t difficult
6. OP had to stay back half an hour or an hour waiting for staff to come to replace him
7. The OP said that he prefers not to stay after the end of his shift
8. The OP says that each time a new face arrived and he had to give them all the information they’d need for the shift
9. The OP doesn’t jump ship when staff arrives to replace him
10. OP’s roster had him working 12 hours a day
11. The OP told them he’d stay until they did
12. They didn’t know what else they could do so the OP made a suggestion
13. The OP wasn’t going to give up his next shift!
14. It took a few emails over the weekend
15. The OP was on overtime because of a lack of replacement
16. OP was the first person to “pull this stunt”.
17. The OP says this never happened again
18. It sure is a great story!
19. This Redditor tells us that some states have put caps on how long you can work
20. This story sure does pretty well exemplifies that!
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