Fire Law Podcast Episode No. 9 – FLSA Ruling by 9th Circuit in Firefighter Overtime case

In this episode of Fire Law, firefighter-attorney Bill Maccarone explains a recent decision by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in an overtime case brought by 82 firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District who alleged their overtime wages were not properly calculated. Listen as Curt and Bill discuss why the court ruled against the firefighters.

Here is a copy of the case:  Balestrieri v Menlo Park

The FLSA is a complicated area of the law, one that poses difficult challenges for firefighters and fire departments. Curt and Bill will be discussing these challenges in our new three-day program, Fair Labor Standards Act for Fire Departments, being held in Las Vegas – February 9-11, 2016, hosted by the Clark County Fire Department. For more information, including $49/night rooms at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, click here.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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