Author Archives: Bill Maccarone

Voluntary Attendance at Work-Related Conferences and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I am a fire chief for a small suburban fire department. Our local fire chiefs’ association is hosting a one-day presentation on leadership to be held at a neighboring community’s recreation facility. I am encouraging many of my personnel to attend what I believe will be a very valuable and worthwhile learning opportunity. Additionally, I will reimburse ...

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KC Reaches $2 Million Settlement with Firefighters Following 2019 FLSA Lawsuit

The City of Kansas City, Missouri has reached a global settlement with 383 current and former city firefighters following their 2019 lawsuit for alleged violations of the FLSA. The firefighters alleged in the lawsuit, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri on February 8, 2019, that the city failed to include specialty ...

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Battalion Chiefs, Straight Time Overtime, and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I am an overtime exempt battalion chief for a mid-sized municipal fire and medical department. I do not receive any FLSA overtime. Despite being overtime exempt, the city pays me and other exempt chiefs “straight time overtime” for additional shifts worked beyond the normal work schedule. This is paid at our normal hourly rate. It is not ...

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Iowa City Looks to Settle FLSA Lawsuit over Misclassification of Fire Captains and Battalion Chiefs

The City of Muscatine, Iowa is the latest city looking to settle an overtime lawsuit filed by several senior fire officers. In a September 2021 lawsuit, a group of five firefighters alleged the city improperly classified fire captains and battalion chiefs as overtime exempt employees. According to the firefighters, the city changed pay practices and started paying captains overtime in ...

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Virginia Battalion Chiefs File FLSA Lawsuit

A group of ten Alexandria, Virginia battalion chiefs filed an FLSA lawsuit this past week alleging the city improperly classifies them as overtime exempt “white-collar” employees in violation of both federal and state law. According to the complaint, six of the battalion chiefs are assigned to 24-hour shifts and serve as “Operational Battalion Chiefs.” The remaining four plaintiffs work a ...

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Former Arkansas Sheriff’s Department Dispatcher Files FLSA Lawsuit Alleging Misclassification, Uncompensated Pre-and-Post Shift Activities, and Comp Time Violations

Cayla Jackson, a former dispatcher and jailer for the Prairie County Arkansas Sheriff’s Department has filed a lawsuit against her former employer for multiple violations of both the FLSA and the Arkansas Minimum Wage Act. Jackson further claims that many other county dispatchers and jailers are not receiving overtime or straight time pay as required by both federal and state ...

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Tulsa Firefighters File FLSA Suit

A group of thirteen Tulsa, Oklahoma firefighters have filed an FLSA lawsuit against the City of Tulsa, the mayor, and the city’s chief operating officer. The thirteen filed the lawsuit on behalf of themselves and other similarly situated employees [i.e., other Tulsa firefighters that will likely join the lawsuit over the next few months] in the U.S. District Court for ...

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Platoon Bid, Collective Bargaining, and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I am the union president for a mid-sized municipal fire department. Our labor agreement allows us to conduct an annual bid. Basically, all shift personnel bid by seniority in rank to a specific platoon (A, B, or C) and piece of apparatus once a year. The only “catch” is that the bid must occur at “no-cost” to ...

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