Author Archives: Bill Maccarone

Wake County, NC and Paramedics Reach a Quick Settlement Following FLSA Lawsuit

Wake County, North Carolina has reached a very quick settlement with a group of current and former paramedics following a March 2021 FLSA lawsuit in which county medics alleged “miscalculated overtime premiums.” The settlement requires Wake County pay a total of $297,121.90 to settle all claims for back wages and liquidated damages with all plaintiffs. Additionally, the county will pay ...

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Advanced FLSA: Executive Exemption: Fire Officers and Overtime – Materials

Course Materials Are fire officers exempt from overtime because they are executive employees, or are they hourly wage earners? That question has perplexed fire departments, municipal officials, and the courts for decades. Even the Department of Labor’s efforts in 2004 to clarify things have done little to stem the tide. This program will take a close look at the law ...

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Federal Judge Approves Settlement in Virginia Beach FLSA Misclassification Lawsuit

Senior United States District Court Judge Rebecca Beach Smith has approved a $200,000 settlement in a FLSA misclassification lawsuit filed late last year by a group of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Captains, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The settlement, which was officially approved by the court on Friday December 10, 2021, requires the City of Virginia Beach to pay a total ...

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Firefighter’s Hours Worked, Paid Sick Leave, and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I recently read your article entitled “Firefighters, Mandatory Overtime, and the FLSA” and have a somewhat related follow-up question. I work for a large county fire department. We also work a 24/48 schedule with a scheduled Kelly-day every three weeks for a 48-hour average workweek. However, we receive overtime for all additional hours worked outside of our ...

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Volunteer Firefighter Incentive Plan, Same Type of Services, and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I am a volunteer fire chief for a fully volunteer fire department. Like many volunteer fire departments, we struggle getting trucks on the road during weekday hours. However, we have several volunteer firefighters that are employed by the town in other departments in addition to serving as volunteer firefighters. Recently, a town official proposed allowing these town ...

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Four Florida Firefighters File FLSA Suit for Unpaid Training Time

A group of four former Destin, Florida firefighters filed an FLSA lawsuit earlier this week alleging that their former employer, The Destin Fire Control District [District] failed to pay them for hours spent attending work-related training. Former Destin firefighters David Garner, Brian Ostos, Alejandro Osorio, and Joseph Quinn filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District ...

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VA Beach Settles “White Collar” FLSA Lawsuit with EMS Captains

The City of Virginia Beach, Virginia has agreed to a $200,000 settlement with 8 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Captains following a November 2020 lawsuit for unpaid overtime. The captains alleged the city misclassified them as overtime exempt “white collar” employees in violation of the FLSA and Virginia state law. The terms of the settlement require the city to pay a ...

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PA Shift Commander’s FLSA Overtime Lawsuit to Continue

An FLSA overtime lawsuit filed last fall by a retired deputy fire chief will continue following a recent federal court ruling. Retired First Deputy Fire Chief Gary Mogel filed the lawsuit in September 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mogel alleges in his lawsuit that his employer, the City of Reading Pennsylvania, failed to ...

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