New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced that a pilot program designed to provide SUNY hospital employees with elevated overtime pay had launched.
The program stems from an agreement between the state and the Public Employees Federation and Civil Service Employees Association. It grants overtime pay at up to two and a half times the hourly rate, rather than one and a half times. Funding is being provided from the hospitals’ operating revenue.
Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, techs, medical assistants, aides, clerks, cleaners and other patient-facing staff at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences in Brooklyn, Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island and Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse are eligible to participate. Across the three facilities, 7,637 employees are eligible, and the benefit is retroactive to Sept. 16. The program runs through the end of the year.