Illinois Court Rules Against Backpay Award

The Illinois Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling of the IL Labor Relations Board that overturned a $3 million back pay award to a firefighter’s union. In 2008, IAFF Local 3405, Oak Lawn Professional Firefighters Association, filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Village of Oak Lawn for refusing to bargain over minimum staffing.

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6th Circuit Rules Against Retired Kentucky Firefighters on COLA Battle

The 6th Circuit has ruled against a retired firefighter and a retired police officer from Lexington, Kentucky who sought to block efforts to reduce their pension COLAs. The case dates back to 2013 when Lexington Mayor Jim Gray sought to address a pension shortfall – not by funding the pension – but by reducing the pensioners’ COLAs.

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Georgia City Sues County Over Emergency Response

A dispute between a city and a county in Georgia over the delivery of emergency services has spilled over into the courts. The City of Tifton is suing Tift County to stop the county from providing vehicle extrication and rescue services within the city’s corporate limits.

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Pennsylvania Fire Company Sued over Sex Assaults

A Pennsylvania fire department is facing a federal lawsuit accusing it of permitting a firefighter with a history of sexual molestation to sexual assault junior female members despite department leadership officials being aware of the problem.

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Kentucky Fire Department Sued For Breaching Lease

Today’s burning question: Our fire department has been leasing property for our fire station for $1 per year. Do we actually have to pay the $1 every year? Answer: If you don’t, you risk a lawsuit by the owner who may that claim that since you breached the lease, you owe him more than just a dollar a year. He may seek to have the lease nullified.

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Kentucky Fire Department Sues Over Repossession

A volunteer fire department in Kentucky is suing a leasing company who repossessed four pumpers and a four-wheeler earlier this year. Last May, First Government Lease Co. of Northfield, Illinois, repossessed the equipment belonging to the Warfield Volunteer Fire Department

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Compensation for EMS Training

Today’s burning question: Do fire departments/EMS organizations have to pay personnel for the time spent attending training for EMT and paramedic while off-duty? Answer: There are several important issues that arise including what is the agreement between the parties, are the employees public employees, and does the training fit into an exception under the FLSA.

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