Tag Archives: FLSA for Fire Departments

$1.575 Million Settlement in Milwaukee Fire Department FLSA Suit

The City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has proposed a settlement of more than $1.5 million with several hundred city firefighters following a 2020 FLSA lawsuit. The settlement, which still requires court approval, allocates up to $1.15 million for back wages and damages, up to $400k for the firefighters’ attorneys, another $25k for court costs, and an additional $5k for the firefighter ...

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FL Fire District Settles FLSA Lawsuit with Firefighters

The Destin Fire Control District has settled an FLSA lawsuit with a total of nine firefighters for almost $40,000. The firefighters had alleged that the district required them to attend specific training sessions while off-duty and did not compensate them for that time. The district countered by claiming the firefighters attendance at the trainings was purely voluntary and provided by ...

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Jury Finds Louisville Police SWAT Members Not Entitled to On-Call Pay

A jury has found members of the Louisville Metro Police Department’s SWAT team are not entitled to back-pay and overtime pay for hours spent on-call. In 2016, a total of 46 current and formers SWAT members filed this lawsuit alleging the department’s on-call policies for SWAT team members was unreasonably restrictive and as such should be compensated. According to the ...

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Paramedic and Length of Service Bonuses and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I am a full-time firefighter for a small city fire department. Our state does not recognize collective bargaining for public employees and we are not represented by a union.  Firefighter pay in our city lags behind most of our neighboring departments. As a result, recruitment and retention is a huge issue. The city recently looked to address ...

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Jonesboro Arkansas Facing FLSA Lawsuit from Former Emergency Dispatcher

A former emergency dispatcher for the City of Jonesboro, Arkansas has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the city of Jonesboro violated both the FLSA and Arkansas state law. The lawsuit was filed by Laura Trullinger on behalf of herself and other similarly situated individuals [i.e., other city workers] in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, earlier ...

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DOL Expected to Change Salary Requirement for Overtime Exempt Employees

In today’s Fire Law VLOG, Curt and Bill discuss the fire service implications related to an expected increase in the minimum salary requirements for overtime exempt white-collar [EAP] employees. Do you have questions about the FLSA and how it applies to firefighters and other first responders? Please consider attending the next FLSA for Fire Departments Live Webinar scheduled for June ...

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Firefighters, Required Pre-Shift Meeting and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I am a paid firefighter in a small full-time fire department. My department has one station and a total of 7 firefighters on-duty per shift. We work 24-hour shifts that start at 7 am. We rotate ride positions between two engines and an EMS unit. Our department’s policy requires that all personnel report to the shift captain ...

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Collective Bargaining, Comp Time, and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: My fire department has a firefighter out on long-term leave. He is receiving his normal salary by utilizing his accrued sick leave while out of work. While on leave he performed six hours of computer type work from home. This work wasn’t required. He volunteered to file some reports related to grants and other computer work. As ...

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