Fire Law VLOG – Changes to Overtime Rules

The US Department of Labor is considering changes to the minimum salary requirements for exempt white-collar employees. Listen as Bill and Curt discuss the potential impact of these changes on the fire service.

To learn more about firefighter overtime, compensation for off-duty work, volunteer stipends, and more, please join us for FLSA for Fire Departments, June 7, 9, 14 and 16 –  with the new EZ 2PLUS2 schedule.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 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, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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