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.

My colleague and good friend, Bill Maccarone, blogged about the changes today in FirefighterOvertime.org, and is planning a multi-part series to help firefighters understand how these changes may impact their paychecks. Bill has done the grunt work of identifying the changes, and analyzing the impacts – so I won’t repeat what Bill has already done – suffice it to say – visit Bill’s blog.

Bill, Attorney Brian Massatt and I will be covering these changes in our upcoming FLSA for Fire Departments conference February 11-13, 2020 in beautiful Stuart, Florida. Everything you need to know about the FLSA

Seats are still available. Please join us.

Fair Labor Standards Act for Fire Departments 

February 11-13, 2020 – Stuart, FL hosted by Martin County Fire Rescue Details/Register


May 5-7, 2020 – Kansas City, MO hosted by South Metro Fire Details/Register


September 15-17, 2020 – Seattle, WA hosted by the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Details/Register

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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