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Savannah Captains Sue Over Pay Differential

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the City of Savannah by fifty fire captains who are claiming the city has been underpaying them, in some cases paying them less than their subordinates. The suit filed Monday in Chatham ...

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NK Firefighters Victorious Yet Again

Not to be remiss in reporting important fire law headlines, North Kingstown Firefighters IAFF Local 1651 have won another round of their epic battle with the town of North Kingstown by prevailing at the state labor board on their unfair ...

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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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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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Indiana Retirees Settle Severance Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed last year over severance pay for seven retired Logansport, Indiana firefighters has been settled, but the decision has the local media asking a lot of questions. Logansport firefighters Steve Crispen, William Hassett, Randy Landis, Kim Costello, Rex ...

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