Fire Law Roundup for January 2, 2023

Brad’s Five Most Interesting

  1. Fired FDNY Firefighter Who Refused COVID Vaccine Ordered Reinstated

2. WA Court Rules Volunteer Compensation Makes Them Employees

3. Buffalo Settles Medical Marijuana Suit With Firefighter for $242k

4. Court of Appeals Strikes Down Palm Beach County Social Media Policy

5. Cobb County Prevails in First Amendment and Whistleblower Suit

Curt’s Most Important Stories of 2022

  1. Huge Verdict Against LA County over Kobe Bryant Crash Scene Photos

LA County Ordered to Pay $31 Million in Damages Over Kobe Bryant Crash Photos

2. NY has become the 4th State to Criminalize Phototaking

New York Moving Forward With New Law Regulating Photo Sharing Of Victims

NY Governor Signs Law Criminalizing Sharing Images of Crime Victims

3. WA decision on volunteer compensation has broad implications

Court Rules Volunteer Compensation Makes Them Employees       

4. Firefighter Bill of Rights Laws being enacted (NY) and updated (FL)

New York Enacts Firefighter Bill of Rights      

Florida Amends Firefighters’ Bill of Rights

5. Medical Marijuana Disability Discrimination Suits

Buffalo Settles Medical Marijuana Suit With Firefighter for $242k

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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