SB 0292 Prohibits health care facilities from retaliating against employees who report abuses by the facility
LR Number:S1449.01I Fiscal Note:1449-01
Committee:Aging, Families and Mental Health
Last Action:02/02/99 - Hearing Conducted S Aging, Families & Mental Health Journal page:
Effective Date:August 28, 1999
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Current Bill Summary

SB 292 - This act prohibits a health care facility's retaliation against an employee for reporting abuses. Any employee of a health care facility who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the quality of care or safety has been compromised may report the problem to the facility or to the Department of Health, Division of Aging, or other appropriate agency. Any administrator or supervisor who receives such a report shall investigate the problem, take action, and respond to the individual reporting it within seven days. This section prohibits any health care facility from discouraging the report in any way or retaliating against the employee for making the report. Reports must be made by employees in good faith and no notice is required before making a report. In addition, confidentiality should be maintained at all times. As a condition of licensure, all health care facilities must abide by the terms in this section.