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Overtime, Straight Time, or No Time

Today’s burning question: My fire department works a three shift schedule on a 12 day pay cycle. We work four complete 24 hour tours during this time for a total of 96 hours. We get paid overtime for anything over ...

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Pittsburgh Settles FLSA Overtime Suit By Officers

The city of Pittsburgh has settled a class action lawsuit filed in federal court by fire officers claiming they were wrongfully denied overtime compensation. The suit was originally brought last August by Deputy Chief Harry Scherer, Battalion Chief Robert Cox ...

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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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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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Eight Fresno County Firefighters File FLSA Suit

Eight part-time paid on call Fresno County firefighters who were terminated for refusing to sign a form stating that they were volunteers have filed suit in Federal Court alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, retaliatory termination, and violation of their ...

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Key Largo Volunteer Not an Employee under FLSA

At what point does a volunteer firefighter who receives some nominal compensation for his services become an underpaid employee entitled to at least minimum wage? That question was recently put to the test in Key Largo, Florida when Corey Freeman ...

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Pittsburgh Officers Sue Under FLSA

Three ranking officers of the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau have filed suit under the Fair Labor Standards Act claiming that PFB officers have been wrongfully denied overtime compensation. Deputy Chief Harry Scherer, Battalion Chief Robert Cox and Captain Edmund J. Farley ...

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FLSA 20% Rule

Today’s Burning Question: How does the FLSA 20% rule with regard to volunteers work? We are having a debate over this at our department and our Firehouse Lawyers seem to disagree. Answer: The FLSA’s 20% rule with regard to volunteers ...

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