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Battle Creek Settles FLSA Suit for $1.5 Million

The City of Battle Creek, Michigan has agreed to settle a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) case with its firefighters for $1.5 million. The firefighters alleged that the city had been improperly calculating their overtime compensation.

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Georgia Firefighter Claims Incentive Stipend Belongs in Overtime Rate

A Georgia firefighter has filed a class action suit claiming his fire department failed to include incentive stipends in overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Robert Morris filed suit in US District Court for the Southern District of Georgia last Thursday. He is employed by the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department.

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Busy Fire Law Week

Last week was a busy one legally for the fire service, and as often happens, a number of important cases escaped our attention – including several we have been following. In Kansas City, Missouri, the city is offering $1.9 million ...

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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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