I worked at one facility, where another nurse and I alternated charge duty. We were supposed to be paid $1 per hour more for charge duty. After six months of employment, I went to the administrator and asked why I was not being paid the extra money for charge duty. She told me it was included in my pay. I was never told the money was going to be in my pay when I was hired. I resigned from this position in June. I have called the HR department requesting the additional money I believe is due to me, but I not received a response. I would like to know where I can turn, or to whom to speak with to resolve this.
Dear Nancy replies:
It is unclear from your question whether you were verbally offered $1 per hour more for charge duty over and above your hourly rate of salary or whether through some unclear communication from the person who hired you it was to be included in your regular pay. In addition, HR does not respond to your inquiries, which is odd. HR should be able to clarify what the policy is on paying for charge duty and how it is paid.
You might want to consider contacting your state’s Wage and Hour Division (or a similar title) of the Department of Labor to determine any guideline or policies it has adopted concerning this issue. You can do so through an online search in most states. Many of the websites contain helpful information concerning pay requirements, benefits, overtime information and online complaint forms for employees when the individual determines they have not been paid as agreed to when hired.
If there is an online form for your use, be sure to be truthful and include all the facts surrounding your hiring and your attempt to get the charge pay issue clarified. These agencies can investigate your concerns and provide you with further guidance or a resolution to the issue.