Tag Archives: policies and procedures

Comp Time Agreements and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I am a union firefighter for a mid-sized municipal fire department. Our labor contract with the city allows firefighters to receive FLSA comp time instead of FLSA overtime. Despite this option our firefighters have always chosen overtime pay. To my knowledge, the city has never provided any firefighter with comp time. Recently, several firefighters including myself requested ...

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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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Dallas Firefighters Claim City Shorted them on Overtime Pay

The Dallas Fire Fighters Association is claiming that the City of Dallas, Texas has failed to pay hundreds of firefighters’ tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid overtime dating back several months. According to union officials, the city failed to pay some firefighters overtime for hours worked during the months of December 2021 and January 2022, in violation of city ...

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“Use It, or Lose It” Policy Not an Option for FLSA Comp Time

Today’s FLSA Question: I am a non-exempt battalion chief for a municipal fire department. Our department requires all non-exempt chief officers, like myself receive FLSA comp time in lieu of FLSA overtime. Recently, the city changed some comp time policies. First, the maximum number of comp time hours an employee can accrue is now capped at 300 hours. Previously, we ...

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City Policy May Prove A Violation of the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I am a newly appointed firefighter in a small municipal fire department. We work a 48/96 schedule and are paid every two weeks. The city has an old policy related to payroll that I do not think is FLSA compliant. If a firefighter misses any worktime during the two-week work period, they lose their FLSA overtime. Recently, ...

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Las Vegas Settles Lone Firefighter’s Overtime Lawsuit For More Than $500K

The City of Las Vegas has agreed to pay a veteran city firefighter $560,000 to settle a 2019 lawsuit for unpaid overtime. The settlement follows allegations of unpaid overtime made by Eric Scheumann, an 18-year veteran and current firefighter/engineer for the Las Vegas Fire Department. Scheumann alleged the city failed to pay him for more than 4,500 work hours between ...

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$1.25 Million Settlement Reached in FLSA Suit by TN Correctional Employees for Unpaid Work Before and After Scheduled Shifts

Madison County, Tennessee, has agreed to a $1.25 million settlement with over 100 county employees following an FLSA lawsuit filed earlier this year. In July 2019, Natasha Grayson filed the suit in the U.S. District Court from the Western District of Tennessee on behalf of herself and other similarly situated county employees. The suit quickly grew to include over 100 ...

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Consecutive Hours Worked and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I am the fire chief of a mid-sized full-time fire department. Currently, our firefighters work 24-hour shifts; however, the firefighters’ union is proposing a move to 48-hour work shifts. I am open to the change, but I am concerned about firefighter fatigue and the effects of working shifts longer than 48 hours. We do not have a ...

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Another FLSA Suit for FDNY

Three FDNY Motor Vehicle Operators (MVOs) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York last week alleging the City of New York violated the FLSA. More specifically, the plaintiffs allege the city failed to pay them for all hours worked and is not paying overtime at the correct rate of pay. Plaintiffs Christopher ...

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