Hospital staffing law goes into effect for CAHs and select rural hospitals July 1, 2021

February 4, 2021

The Health Care Employees – Meal and Rest Breaks and Mandatory Overtime Act of 2019 (HB 1155) requires uninterrupted breaks for nurses and certain technologists and technicians and makes changes to mandatory overtime and mandatory on-call laws.

See WSHA’s bulletin and the full text of the final legislation for more specific information on the new requirements, their scope and applicability, and implementation dates. Depending on your facility, requirements went into effect Jan. 1, 2020 for most hospitals and now go into effect July 1, 2021 for critical access hospitals and select rural hospitals. Please reach out to Trish Anderson at for the policy playbook that supports this work and to address questions you may have.


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