Tag Archives: regular rate of pay

Paramedic Relocation, Sign-On and Retention Bonuses and the Regular Rate

Today’s FLSA Question: I have noticed several recruiting announcements lately where municipalities and private corporations are offering new paramedics sign-on, retention, and even relocation bonuses. These bonuses can be significant. In fact, one agency is offering a $10,000 sign-on bonus, a $10,000 retention bonus (after completing 2 years) and another $5,000 as a relocation bonus. Do these bonuses need to ...

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Pennsylvania Firefighter Drops FLSA Suit Pending Settlement

A Lancaster, Pennsylvania, firefighter has dropped an FLSA regular rate lawsuit pending a potential settlement. Geoff Stone, the president of the Lancaster Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 319 filed the lawsuit on behalf of himself and other firefighters in federal court in October, 2023. Chief among his allegations was that the city failed to include longevity pay in his [and other ...

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Second FLSA Lawsuit in a Week for West Virginia Firefighters

Two similar FLSA lawsuits have been filed by firefighters from two different West Virginia cities in the past week. The first, which my friend and colleague Curt Varone covered on his Fire Law Blog last Wednesday, contained allegations that the City of Clarksburg was improperly calculating its firefighter’s regular rate of pay in violation of the FLSA. [You can find ...

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Ohio Fire Lieutenant Files FLSA Lawsuit

A lieutenant from the Warren Township Fire Department, in Warren, Ohio has filed a lawsuit against his employer claiming the department’s pay practices violate several provisions of the FLSA.  Lieutenant Gregory Wrightsman filed the lawsuit on behalf of himself and other “similarly situated” individuals [i.e., other firefighters that may eventually join in on the lawsuit] in the United States District ...

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MO Firefighter’s FLSA Regular Rate Lawsuit Expands to Include More Plaintiffs

A federal judge has ruled that an FLSA lawsuit filed by a lone former Independence, Missouri firefighter can move forward as a collective action. A collective action under the FLSA is a mechanism that allows similarly situated current and former employees the ability to band together in an FLSA lawsuit against their current or former employer. A collective action is ...

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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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FDNY Facing Another FLSA Suit from Medics and EMTs

A large group of FDNY emergency medical technicians and paramedics filed a federal lawsuit late last week alleging that the City of New York’s pay practices violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The lawsuit, which contains several claims including uncompensated off-the clock work, regular rate violations, and failure to timely pay overtime compensation was filed in the U.S. District ...

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Bonuses for Collateral Duties and the Regular Rate

Today’s FLSA Question: I am the administrator for a fulltime fire and EMS district. We have several personnel that work part-time collateral positions within our organization. These collateral positions include training officer, EMS coordinator, and HAZMAT officer. Personnel receive overtime when working in these capacities outside of their normal work hours, however they also spend a great deal of their ...

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More than 500 LA City Fire Department Employees File FLSA Lawsuit

A group of more than 500 Los Angeles firefighters, captains, engineers, fire inspectors, and pilots filed have filed a class action lawsuit alleging that the city fails to include longevity pay, wellness bonuses, retirement incentive pay, special duty pay, platoon duty pay, and educational bonuses in their regular rate of pay in violation of the FLSA. The FLSA requires “all ...

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