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North Carolina Volunteer Fire Company Facing FLSA Lawsuit

A North Carolina EMS Captain has filed a lawsuit against The Cooks Community Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., alleging violations of the FLSA. Captain Christopher Crump filed the suit in federal court on February 26, 2024. Crump’s primary claim is the that his department fails to pay him and other similarly situated firefighters overtime after working more than 40 hours in ...

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Firefighter Recruits and the FLSA’s §207k Partial Overtime Exemption

Today’s FLSA Question: I am a newly appointed captain in charge of my department’s training academy. Our department provides 16-week in-house training program for new recruits. At the end of the academy the firefighters are certified as Firefighter I and II. I have some serious concerns about the way we pay our recruits. We require our recruits to work around ...

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Baltimore County Fire Union Sounding the Alarm over Staffing and Overtime… Again

For the second time in recent weeks, the Baltimore County Professional Firefighters Association is blasting county officials over staffing and overtime. The union has been raising public awareness of the county’s ongoing practice of shutting down two engine companies on weekdays in an effort to reduce overtime. According WJZ News Baltimore, the county has been rotating two engine companies out ...

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Firefighters Traveling Out-of-State To Spec / Inspect Apparatus Can Cause FLSA Headaches

Today’s Advanced FLSA Question: What are the potential wage and hour concerns associated with sending non-exempt firefighters out of state to spec and/or inspect new fire apparatus? Answer: Good question. Believe it or not, this is a very advanced question. Allowing overtime eligible employees [like firefighters] to engage in work-related travel without considering the potential wage and hour implications is ...

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Lockheed Martin Settles 2022 FLSA Lawsuit with Firefighters for Close to $1 Million

Lockheed Martin [a global aerospace and defense contractor] has settled a 2022 FLSA lawsuit filed by a group of forty-nine industrial firefighters for a total of $949,996. The crux of the firefighter’s claims was that Lockheed Martin only paid its in-house firefighters’ overtime after they worked more than 48 hours per week. The FLSA requires non-public agency fire departments, pay ...

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Baltimore County Fire Shutting Down Companies Due to High OT Costs

According to the Baltimore County Professional Firefighters Association a significant staffing shortage along with an overspent annual overtime budget has led the county to expand the practice of shutting down two engine companies during weekday daytime hours to avoid overtime pay. According to the county, it is “re-directing personnel” during weekday hours from their normal positions to help train new ...

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Philly Facing Off-the-Clock FLSA Suit

A police K9 officer from Philadelphia has filed a lawsuit against the city on behalf of himself and other “similarly situated” individuals for violations of the FLSA and state wage and hour laws. The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court on December 29, 2023, contains allegations that the city failed to adequately compensate the officer and other officers for ...

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Delaware Representative Wants Mandatory Overtime Included in Firefighter and Police Pension Calculations

Delaware State Representative Cyndie Romer has introduced legislation that would include some overtime pay in local police and firefighter pension calculations. House Bill 266 – AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL POLICE/FIREFIGHTER PENSION PLAN was introduced by Representative Romer earlier this month in the Delaware General Assembly. The bill would make ...

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LA City Police Officers File FLSA Regular Rate Lawsuit Over Out-of-Rank Pay

The City of Los Angeles is facing an FLSA lawsuit from four city police officers. The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California contains allegations that the city is violating the FLSA by failing to include all “remuneration” in the officers’ regular rate of pay. More specifically, the officers claim the city ...

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