5 Common Fire Department FLSA Violations and Ways to Avoid Them (Part 4 of 5)

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was originally implemented in 1938.  Workplaces have changed drastically since that time.  Many of the most common FLSA violations reflect that transition.  As an employer, it is not always easy to stay ahead of the curve on some these issues, however it is essential that employers remain vigilant in efforts to stay compliant with ...

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WA State Fire Department sues IAFF local over FLSA

The Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) has filed a federal civil suit against the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 3701 in the Eastern District of Washington state.  SVFD is looking for the court to issue a “declaratory judgement” that battalion chiefs and fire marshals are exempt from FLSA overtime.  This is a highly unusual suit for several reasons, let’s ...

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Different Rules for Paying Firefighters

As many of us are keenly aware, firefighters do not always receive overtime after working 40 hours in a week. In fact, firefighters are often required to work upwards of 53 hours per week before receiving any overtime.

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