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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Compensation for On Call Time

Today’s Burning Question: I work for a combination department. We have paid staff from 0700 to midnight, supplemented by volunteers. Our chief assigns the paid staff to be on call three times a month from midnight to 0700 time period. ...

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2012 Precedent Nothing To Speak Of

2012 has been a relatively quiet fire law year from the perspective of major legal rulings being handed down. In fact, in my annual review for Firehouse which I submitted today, I opted to not even discuss 2012 precedent setting ...

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Chief Rubin Now 11-0

This just in…. the judge in a controversial whistleblower lawsuit filed by two former DC fire investigators has ruled in favor of the DC Fire Department and former Fire Chief Dennis Rubin. The decision came this morning in the case ...

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Miami Beach Race Sex Discrimination Claim

The Miami Beach Fire Department’s settlement with a black firefighter recruit who claims he was harassed by white co-workers moved one step closer to resolution last week with the release of an investigation report. Brian Gentles alleges that he was ...

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Asthmatic Massachusetts Firefighter Terminated

A Lawrence, Massachusetts firefighter who was denied a disability pension for an asthma condition, has been terminated. Tim Atwood, 49, a Lawrence firefighter since 2004, was terminated last week. He has been out of work since January 11, 2012, when ...

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Connecticut Fire Chief Charged with Tax Abatement Fraud

A Connecticut fire chief has been arrested and charged with submitting fraudulent tax abatement documentation for firefighters who failed to meet the minimum eligibility requirements. Chief Paul Litrico, who served as fire chief for the Eighth Utilities District in Manchester ...

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Honolulu Medics Allege FLSA Overtime Violations

EMTs and paramedics have filed a Fair Labor Standards suit against the city and county of Honolulu claiming they have been wrongfully denied overtime compensation. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. Medics claim ...

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