Tag Archives: collective bargaining

In FLSA Litigation. . .Time is not always on your side

Today’s FLSA Question: Several firefighters and I discovered our fire department was violating the FLSA. We brought the errors to the chief’s attention, and he quickly made corrections. The payroll problems pre-dated his tenure as chief and it was an honest mistake, however most firefighters are owed several years back wages. The chief assured us that he would discuss this ...

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California Voters Clear Path Around Costly Wage and Hour Laws for Some EMS Workers

California voters overwhelmingly approved a voter initiative entitled Proposition 11 – Emergency Ambulance Employee Safety and Preparedness Act” (Act) during last week’s mid-term election. In part, this new state law will require ambulance companies provide advanced training and improved access to mental health assistance for private sector ambulance workers. In addition, Proposition 11 also mandates paid rest periods for ambulance ...

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Sleep Time, Firefighters, and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I am the fire chief of a small paid fire department with a mixture of full-time and part-time firefighters. Our full-time firefighters work a 24/48 schedule for an average of 56 hours per week. The Town Council hired a new town manager last year. He is highly critical of our overtime budget. He has proven relentless in ...

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Irish Ambulance Workers Refuse to Work Overtime Over Labor Dispute

In an interesting story from across the Atlantic, approximately 500 paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) have “withdrawn” from working overtime following a labor dispute with Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE). The HSE is a governmental agency charged with providing health and social services to all of Ireland. According to the Irish Examiner, the dispute between the HSE and members ...

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Firefighters, Workers’ Compensation, and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: Does the FLSA mandate overtime pay for a firefighter that is not working, but collecting workers’ compensation benefits due to an on-the-job injury? Answer: No. The FLSA does not mandate overtime pay for hours a firefighter is not working due to an on-the-job injury. The FLSA only requires overtime pay for hours actually worked. However, your question ...

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Contract Overtime vs. FLSA Overtime

Today’s FLSA Question – I am a firefighter. We have a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that requires overtime (OT) pay for all hours worked outside of a firefighter’s scheduled shifts, regardless of hours actually worked in the work period. This contract OT rate does not include various monetary incentives (longevity, medic pay, and HAZMAT pay). However, we also receive FLSA ...

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Firefighter Recruits, Homework, and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I am a fire department training instructor. I help teach at the fire academy a few days per month. I recently instructed one of the recruits to spend some extra time working on ropes over a long weekend. The captain in charge of training informed me that I shouldn’t make those types of statements. In fact, he ...

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Santa Clara Is The Latest CA City To Face A Lawsuit By Firefighters Over Overtime Pay

Five California firefighters filed a lawsuit last week alleging their employer, the City of Santa Clara, violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Christopher Gaffney, Andre Jerome Soto, John C. O’Leary, Guido Quartaroli, and Jeff Provancher filed the collective action (lawsuit) on behalf of themselves and other similarly situated individuals against the city in federal court on October 24, 2018. ...

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Illinois City Unveils Alternative Fire Schedule – Enhanced Services for Less Money

On Monday October 23, 2018, the City of Naperville, Illinois, implemented a new “power shifting” schedule for some city firefighters. This schedule assigns four full-time firefighters to a 40-hour, Monday thru Friday schedule, as opposed to the traditional 24-hour firefighter schedule. This new innovative data-driven schedule is designed to “enhance services and increase efficiencies while holding the line on [overtime] ...

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LA County Fire Under Scrutiny Over Overtime Pay

The Los Angeles County Fire Department is facing scrutiny over departmental overtime and payroll costs. According to the Los Angeles Times (Times), overtime costs for the more than 4,800-member department has increased 36 percent in the past 5 years. The department spent over $200 million on overtime in 2017. In response to these increases, the county recently launched an internal ...

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