Tag Archives: regular rate

Tuition Reimbursement and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA question: Our city reimburses firefighters’ tuition costs for college classes related to fire science. In order to qualify for the reimbursement program, participating firefighters must have at least two years of service with our department prior to taking any classes, and they must earn a grade of “B” or better in the class. The city reimburses all money ...

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Two Hourly Rates, Same Work Period, and the Regular Rate

Today’s FLSA Question: I am the finance manager responsible for our fire department’s payroll. Our firefighters receive higher hourly rates when working in a higher rank. For example, last week a firefighter worked 24 hours as a firefighter and another 48 hours as a lieutenant. How can I calculate a firefighter’s regular rate when he or she is paid two ...

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Four-Platoon Fire Departments & the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I work for a midsize municipal fire department in the Northeast. We work a 42-hour average workweek. Our city administrators claim they are not required to set a work period, calculate regular rate, or follow much of this FLSA “stuff” because we work an average of 42 hours per week and have a collective bargaining agreement (CBA). ...

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Maryland County May Owe Workers Millions In Unpaid Overtime

According to the Capitol Gazette, county officials in Anne Arundel, Maryland, recently discovered an error in calculating overtime pay for many county employees, including police officers and firefighters. County Executive Steve Schuh admits the unintentional error spans the past 10 to 20 years. The error was recently discovered when the county changed payroll vendors. Initial estimates suggest the county may ...

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The Regular Rate, FLSA, and Firefighters Part VI

This is the sixth and final installment from FirefighterOvertime.org on the regular rate. Proper calculation of the regular rate is critical. All FLSA overtime must be at least time and one-half of the regular rate. The regular rate has been referred to as the “linchpin” of the FLSA. Not only is calculating the regular rate important, it can be difficult, ...

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The Regular Rate, FLSA, and Firefighters Part V

This is the fifth installment in a six-part series from FirefighterOvertime.org on the regular rate. Proper calculation of the regular rate is critical. All FLSA overtime must be at least time and one-half of the regular rate. The regular rate has been referred to as the “linchpin” of the FLSA. Not only is calculating the regular rate important, it can ...

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Can CBA Trump FLSA? Stipends vs. Non-Discretionary Bonuses

Today’s FLSA Question: I recently read your article about discretionary bonuses and the regular rate. Our labor contract contains a variety of bonuses, which the contract refers to as “stipends.” These stipends include extra money for medic, fire officer I, and other qualifications. The FLSA requires these stipends included in the regular rate of pay. But the contract also contains ...

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The Regular Rate, FLSA, and Firefighters Part IV

This is the fourth installment in a six-part series from FirefighterOvertime.org on the regular rate. Proper calculation of the regular rate is critical. All FLSA overtime must be at least time and one-half of the regular rate. The regular rate has been referred to as the “linchpin” of the FLSA. Not only is calculating the regular rate important, it can ...

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Another Alleged Regular Rate Violation for California Firefighters

Another California fire department is facing allegations it failed to include all remuneration in firefighters’ regular rate of pay. Kevin Burris, a Petaluma firefighter, has filed a federal lawsuit in the Northern District of California against the city alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Specifically, Burris claims the city failed to include holiday “in-lieu” pay and money ...

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