Hospital Can Lower Nurses' Base Pay Rate: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (October 23, 2009, 5:44 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that a hospital did not violate federal overtime pay requirements when it tried to avoid spending a greater portion of its revenues on compensation when it created a 12-hour shift schedule at nurses' request by setting up alternate pay rates to match.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected claims from a nurse at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center that the hospital ran afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act by modifying its pay structure in 1989...
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