Top Fire Law Headlines of 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, I thought we could take a look at the top headlines in the Fire Law News. Today we will look at the most popular stories based upon Facebook engagements, likes and shares, and Twitter. Here are Facebook’s Top 10 based on Engagements...

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Overtime Regs to Change in 2020

The US Department of Labor has formally issued new regulations that will change the way the Fair Labor Standards Act will be applied starting January 1, 2020. Two of the most important changes are an increase in the minimum salary for “white-collar” employees and changes to the calculation of an employee’s overtime rate.

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NY Fire District Sued By Applicant

An applicant for membership in the Mezeppa Fire Engine Co. #2 and the Nyack Fire Department has filed suit against the Nyack Joint Fire District Board of Commissioners alleging they are illegally blocking his joining the fire companies. Robert Kolessar, Jr. filed suit last week in the Supreme Court for Rockland County.

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Podcast #28: Survey of Our Biggest Liabilities

In today’s episode, Curt discusses the results of a survey of legal proceedings in fire departments with firefighter-attorney Bill Maccarone. The raw data from the survey is provided below. My recommendation is that you view the data while listening to the podcast, as during the podcast we do not mention all of the actual numbers.

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Use of Racial Slur Warrants Termination of Boston Jake

The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission has upheld the termination of a Boston firefighter for his use of the N-word in the firehouse while off-duty. Gregory R. LaVallee, a 14-year veteran of the Boston Fire Department, was terminated on March 15, 2019 over an incident that occurred on December 13, 2018.

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Florida Court Rules Cancer Law Covers Illness Diagnosed Prior to Enactment

A Florida firefighter who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last year, prior to the passage of the state’s cancer benefit law for firefighters in May of this year, has prevailed in his efforts to secure benefits under the act. Last week, Judge Thomas Ramsberger granted summary judgment to St. Petersburg Lieutenant Jason Francis. Lt. Francis sued St. Petersburg last July...

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Fire Law Survey Results

Thank you to all who took the time to respond to our initial Fire Law Survey. The following results are preliminary, based on just over 400 responses. I will leave the survey open for another few days, and update the results.

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Chicago Facing Suit For Military Discrimination

A Chicago firefighter, with the support of the US Department of Justice, has filed suit claiming the city’s refusal to accommodate his request to make-up a promotional exam when he returned from a military deployment violates the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

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Woman Sentenced in Wilmington LODD Fire

A woman who pled guilty to setting the fire that killed three Wilmington, Delaware firefighters, has been sentenced to thirty years in prison. Beatriz Fana-Ruiz was sentenced last week for the September 24, 2016 fire that killed Lt. Christopher Leach, FF Jerry Fickes, and FF Ardythe Hope.

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NJ City Settles Suit Over Retaliation

The City of Paterson, New Jersey has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a fire captain who claims he was retaliated by a former fire chief. Captain Salvatore Brigati filed suit in 2017 claiming Fire Chief Michael Postorino retaliated against him because he refused to sell the chief property at a discounted price or work for the chief’s side business.

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