Connecticut Changes Mandatory Overtime Rules for Nurses

Connecticut is limiting the ability of hospitals to require nurses to work overtime. Under the revised law, no hospital is allowed to require a nurse to work overtime, and employers are prohibited from discriminating against, discharging, disciplining, threatening to discharge or discipline or otherwise retaliating against a nurse for refusing to work overtime. Certain exceptions apply, but only when the safety of a patient requires it and when there is no reasonable alternative.

Further, private hospitals are banned from bargaining for mandatory overtime in future collective bargaining agreements. The revised law is effective October 1, 2023.