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Article Fourteen — On-Call Staff Nurse Group

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14.1 Posting.

A posting shall be made for voluntary application for the Adult Care On-Call Group by Regular and Per Diem Adult Care Nurses only, the Hospice On-Call Group by Regular and Per Diem Hospice, Adult Care and Long Term Care Nurses only, and for the Maternal/Newborn/Pediatrics ("MNP") On-Call Group by Regular and Per Diem MNP and Adult Care Nurses only.

14.2 Selection.

Applicants shall be interviewed to determine the presence of the knowledge, skills and ability criteria set forth in the Infusion Staff Nurse, the Hospice Staff Nurse or the MNP Staff Nurse job description developed by VNSNY Home Care, as applicable, as well as the ability to be on-call at a frequency determined necessary by the Regional Administrator or Department Head, as applicable, and to meet the applicable geographic proximity requirements set forth below. Qualified applicants for the Adult Care On-Call Group shall be selected to take the Infusion Staff Nurse course on the basis of seniority (for Per Diem Employees in order of application), unless as between or among such Registered Nurses there is an appreciable difference in their qualifications to do the job.

14.3 Infusion Staff Nurse Course.

All qualified Adult Care On-Call Group applicants selected shall be required to take and successfully pass the Infusion Staff Nurse course. All Adult Care On-Call Group Nurses who complete and pass the Infusion Staff Nurse course shall remain in the Adult Care On-Call Group for a minimum of six (6) months unless otherwise determined by the Employer.

14.4 Orientation

14.4.1 Orientation

All qualified Hospice On-Call Group applicants selected shall be required to attend the Hospice orientation program. All Hospice On-Call Group Nurses who attend the Hospice orientation program shall remain in the Hospice On-Call Group for a minimum of three (3) months unless otherwise determined by the Employer.

14.4.2 MNP Orientation.

All qualified MNP On-Call Group applicants selected shall be required to attend the MNP orientation program. All MNP On-Call Group Nurses who attend the MNP orientation program shall remain in the MNP On-Call Group for a minimum of three (3) months unless otherwise determined by the Employer.

14.5 Geographic Proximity Requirements.

In order to be a member of the On-Call Group generally, or to receive a particular On-Call assignment, the following security and arrival time requirements must be met:

14.5.1 Adult Care On-Call Group.

  1. Employer will provide a car/driver between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to the Registered Nurse's home if the Registered Nurse lives in the region in which the visit must be made or, if the Registered Nurse lives outside the region in which the visit must be made, the Registered Nurse and car/driver will meet at a designated area. Total travel time to designated area shall be no more than one-half ( ½) hour.
  2. Total traveling time from designated area to patient shall be no more than one-half ( ½) hour.
  3. There shall be a total of no more than one (1) hour from time the call is received to arrival at patient's home.

14.5.2 Hospice On-Call Group.

  1. Employer will provide a car/driver between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to the Registered Nurse's home if the Registered Nurse lives in the region in which the visit must be made or, if the Registered Nurse lives outside the region in which the visit must be made, the Registered Nurse and car/driver will meet at a designated area. Total travel time to designated area shall be no more than one (1) hour.
  2. Total traveling time from designated area to patient shall be no more than one-half ( ½) hour.
  3. There shall be a total of no more than one and one-half (1.5) hours from time the call is received to arrival at patient's home.

14.5.3 Infusion On-Call Group.

  1. Employer will provide a car/driver between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to the Registered Nurse's home if the Registered Nurse lives in the region in which the visit must be made or, if the Registered Nurse lives in one of the regions for which the Registered Nurse is assigned On-Call. If the Registered Nurse lives outside the region in which the visit must be made, or lives outside one of the regions for which the Registered Nurse is assigned On-Call, the Registered Nurse and car/driver will meet at a designated area. Total travel time to designated area shall be no more than one-half ( ½) hour.
  2. Total traveling time from designated area to patient shall be no more than one hour.
  3. There shall be a total of no more than one and one-half (1.5) hours from time the call is received to arrival at patient's home.

14.5.4 MNP On-Call Group

  1. Employer will provide a car/driver between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to the Registered Nurse’s home if the Registered Nurse lives in the region in which the visit must be made or, if the Registered Nurse lives in one of the regions for which the Registered Nurse is assigned On-Call. If the Registered Nurse lives outside the region in which the visit must be made, or lives outside one of the regions for which the Registered Nurse is assigned On-Call, the Registered Nurse and car/driver will meet at a designated area. Total travel time to designated area shall be no more than one-half (1/2) hour.
  2. Total traveling time from designated area to patient shall be no more than one hour.
  3. There shall be a total of no more than one and one-half (1.5) hours from the time the call is received to arrival at the patient’s home.

14.6 Hours and Salary.

  1. While working On-Call, the On-Call Nurse shall remain accessible at home, or outside his or her home by beeper, within the geographic area necessary to meet the security and arrival times in Sections 14.5.1, 14.5.2, 14.5.3 and 14.5.4.

  2. As more fully set forth below, the following table sets forth the On-Call Rates for Employees in the Adult Care and Hospice Programs on or after January 1, 2014:

  3.  

      Effective
      Effective
    January 1, 2015
    RN On-Call  
    On-Call Rates
    Shift Rates
    -12 hour shifts $71.93
    Visit Rates
    Weekday Per Visit Rates
    – between 8:30 am-6:00 pm
    – between 6:00 pm-8:30 am
    $57.32
    $65.48
    Weekend Visits made on Saturdays, Sundays, or Holidays, as defined in Section 8.1.1 of the Agreement
    Weekend Per Visit Rates
    –between 8:30 am-6:00 pm
    $62.63
    – between 6:00 pm-8:30 am $67.73
    NP On-Call  
    On-Call Rates
       Shift Rates  
        -12 hours shifts $88.39
    Visit Rates
        Weekday Visit Rate
    -between 6:00 pm-8:00 am
    $83.12
         Weekend Visit Rate
    -between 6:00 pm-8:00 am
    $84.29

    (1) Employees in the Adult Care On-Call Group will be assigned On-Call for said On-Call Group for shifts of either six (6) or twelve (12) hours.  Employees in the Hospice On-Call Group will be assigned On-Call for said On-Call Group for shifts of at least six (6) hours.  For shifts assigned to such Employee, under this Section, of other than twelve (12) hours, the Employee shall be paid a pro rata amount.  Employees employed under the corporate name of GHHC and in the On-Call Group will be assigned On-Call for said On-Call Group for shifts of fourteen (14) hours.  For shifts assigned to such Employee of other than fourteen (14) hours, the Employee shall be paid a pro rata amount.  

    (2) An Employee On-Call called to work at other than during his or her normal work hours shall be paid in accordance with the applicable Visit Rate set forth in the table above for each visit made outside his or her normal work hours as full compensation.

  4. An Employee who is certified by the Employer for, and is assigned On-Call to make and who makes, Infusion visits under this Section, shall receive the following amounts for each twelve (12) hour shift assigned:
      Effective
    January 1, 2015
    On Call Rates
    For assignment to one region $91.21
    For assignment to two regions $115.70
    For assignment to three regions $143.24
    For assignment to four regions $173.84
    For assignment to five regions $207.49
    Visit Rates
    Weekday Per Visit Rates
     Between 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $67.32
     Between 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. $74.66
    Weekend Visits made on Saturdays, Sundays, or Holidays
    as defined in Section 8.1.1 of the Agreement
    Weekend Per Visit Rates
     Between 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  $72.32
     Between 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.     $76.91
  5. (1) For shifts assigned to such Employee, under this Section, of other than twelve (12) hours, the Employee shall be paid a pro rata amount.
    (2) An Employee On-Call called to work at other than during his or her normal work hours shall be paid in accordance with the applicable Visit Rate set forth in the table above for each visit made outside his or her normal work hours as full compensation.

    d. An Employee who is assigned On-Call to make and who makes MNP visits under this Section, shall receive the following On Call Rate amounts for each twelve (12) hour shift assigned:

      Effective
    January 1, 2015
    On Call Rates
    For assignment to one region $71.93
    For assignment to two regions $91.21
    For assignment to three regions $112.89
    For assignment to four regions $136.91
    For assignment to five regions $161.43
    Visit Rates
    Weekday Per Visit Rates
     Between 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $57.32
     Between 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. $65.48
    Weekend Visits made on Saturdays, Sundays, or Holidays
    as defined in Section 8.1.1 of the Agreement
    Weekend Per Visit Rates
     Between 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  $62.63
     Between 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.     $67.73
        

(1) For shifts assigned to such Employee, under this Section, of other than twelve (12) hours, the Employee shall be paid a pro rata amount.

(2) An Employee On-Call called to work at other than during his or her normal work hours shall be paid in accordance with the applicable Visit Rate set forth in the table above. for each visit made outside his or her normal work hours as full compensation.
In addition to the per visit rate described above, an Employee who makes a post-partum visit to a mother and her well baby(ies) is paid an additional  twenty dollars and seventy-five cents ($20.75) for each visit, effective January 1, 2012, and  twenty-one dollars and twenty cents ($21.20) for each visit, effective January 1, 2013.

e. Neither On-Call nor call-in visits shall be counted for purposes of fringe benefits or overtime under the Agreement.

f.  An Employee who works as part of the On-Call Group is required to give four (4) weeks' notice when with­drawing from the On-Call Group.

    14.7 Scheduling.

    14.7.1 Adult Care On-Call Group.

    On-Call scheduling (three (3) months in advance) in the Region within the On-Call Group shall be based on: first, Regular On-Call Group Employees who volunteer, by seniority as applied within the Region On-Call Group; second, Per Diem On-Call Group volunteers; and, if necessary, mandatory assignment of Regular On-Call Group Employees on the basis of reverse seniority as applied within the Region On-Call Group.

    14.7.2 Hospice On-Call Group.

    On-Call scheduling (three (3) months in advance) within the Hospice On-Call Group shall be based on: first, Regular On-Call Group Employees who volunteer, by seniority as applied within the Hospice On-Call Group; second, Per Diem On-Call Group volunteers; and, if necessary, mandatory assignment of Regular On-Call Group Employees on the basis of reverse seniority as applied within the Hospice On-Call Group.

    14.7.3 Infusion On-Call Group.

    On-Call scheduling (three (3) months in advance) within the Infusion On-Call Group shall be based on: first, Regular On-Call Group Employees who volunteer, by seniority as applied within the Infusion On-Call Group; second, Per Diem On-Call Group volunteers; and if necessary, mandatory assignment of Regular On-Call Group Employees on the basis of reverse seniority as applied within the Infusion On-Call Group.

    14.7.4 MNP On-Call Group.

    On-Call scheduling (three (3) months in advance) within the MNP On-Call Group shall be based on: first, Regular On-Call Group Employees who volunteer, by seniority as applied within the MNP On-Call Group; second, Per Diem On-Call Group volunteers; and, if necessary, mandatory assignment of Regular On-Call Group Employees on the basis of reverse seniority as applied within the MNP On-Call Group.

    14.8 Registered Nurse Security.

    VNSNY Home Care will provide for the security of the On-Call Group Nurses by making arrangements for highly qualified trained security personnel to travel with the Nurses on On-Call visits, in accordance with Sections 14.5.1, 14.5.2, 14.5.3 and 14.5.4, as drivers and as security personnel to accompany the Registered Nurse into the patient's home, remain during the visit, and to return the Registered Nurse to his or her home in the region or to another mutually agreed upon designated area. The same security will be provided for Registered Nurse visits in Day Time Escort Areas during the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    14.9 Flextime Workweek Schedule Alternative.

    The provisions of Section 5.1.3 and 5.7 authorizing Flextime Work Schedule Alternatives shall be applicable with regard to a Regular Full-Time or Regular Part-Time Staff Nurse employed under the supervision of an on-call manager to make visits on evenings and nights between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., as required in the Region/Programs and/or Departments.