Discipline Announced in SLO Sexy Video

The fire chief and the city manager in San Luis Obispo, California have learned their long awaited fate over the sexy spoof video they participated in last January. Fire Chief Garret Olson and City Manager Katie Lichtig participated in the making of the video in 2016, which was shown at the city’s annual Chamber of Commerce dinner.

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Indiana Homeowner Sues Fire Department Over Volunteer Arson

The owner of a mobile home in Perry Township that was set on fire last year by a volunteer firefighter with a history of setting fires has filed suit against the fire department, the fire chief and the arsonist. Duane Connaughton filed suit against the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department over a fire that occurred on September 6, 2016.

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Does The FLSA Always Trump The CBA?

Today’s Burning Question: Can a collective bargaining agreement trump the FLSA? I heard the FLSA trumps everything, including a CBA. Answer: While the FLSA certainly can trump CBAs, that is not always the case. The best perspective is to consider the FLSA to be the floor below - which an employer cannot go.

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Mass Deputy Chief Sues Town and Fire Chief

A Massachusetts deputy chief has filed suit against a town, its fire chief and the entire board of selectmen claiming they retaliated against him after he brought to light problems with the oversight of EMS drugs and refused to lie for the chief.

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SC Firefighters Sue for Overtime After 40 Hours Per Week

Four former firefighters from the City of York, South Carolina are suing for $1.3 million in unpaid overtime under a rather novel theory. The men filed separate suits on March 22nd, 2017 claiming they are entitled to overtime for all hours worked over 40 each week based on the city’s personnel manual.

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Firefighter Seeks Public Records on Legal Costs of Privatization Battle

An Illinois firefighter has filed a public records suit in hopes of exposing how much local officials in a neighboring village have spent on efforts to privatize their fire department. Scott Moran, a lieutenant with the Homewood Fire Department, alleges that the Village of North Riverside refused his request for public records showing how much the village has spent on legal fees associated with hiring a private fire department.

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