Injury While Restraining Subject Does Not Qualify For Enhanced Leave Of Absence

On August 2, 2017, while employed as a corrections officer at New York State’s Edgecombe Correctional Facility, Sergeant Jason Froelich responded to an incident involving a parolee who was attempting to swallow contraband and resisting the efforts of several other corrections officers to restrain him. Froelich sustained injuries to his lower back, neck and right […]

Injunctions And Grievances Don’t Usually Mix

It is rare for a labor organization to be able to obtain an injunction to prevent a future contract violation. A decision from the Illinois Appellate Court involving the Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge No. 7 provides one example of why. Since about 2009, most patrol officers in the Chicago Police Department have had […]

Prison Prep Time Compensable Under FLSA

The Management & Training Corporation (MTC) operates the Otero County Prison near Chaparral, New Mexico, for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A group of corrections officers sued MTC alleging that MTC’s pre- and post-shift practices violated both the Fair Labor Standards Act and New Mexico’s minimum wage law. The officers generally work eight-hour shifts, […]

Sexting With Minors And Stealing Firearms Result In Pension Forfeiture

Eric Reamy was a sergeant with the Glen Rock Police Department in New Jersey. From 2011 to 2015, Reamy wrongfully and without authorization sold four rifles and three handguns that he improperly removed from the Department’s evidence locker. In 2015, Reamy was the juvenile officer for the Department. He began sexting on his work cellphone […]

Firefighter’s ‘Clueless Idiots’ Comment Not Protected By First Amendment

Larry Moreau, Jr., was a captain with the St. Landry Fire Protection District No. 3 in Louisiana. In May 2017, Moreau was accused of refusing to participate in a fire training exercise. At a pre-disciplinary hearing before the District’s Board, Moreau explained that he did not participate because of an on-the-job injury that he failed […]

Massive Boston PD Medical Fitness-For-Duty Case Allowed To Proceed

The Boston Police Department requires officers who return from extended leave, regardless of the nature of their leave, to undergo medical and psychological examinations before returning to work. Two officers, the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, the Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society and the Boston Police Superior Officers Federation sued the Department alleging disability discrimination under […]

Different Job Standards Possible For Older And Younger Officers

Carlos Melo served for 19 years as a police officer in Somerville, Massachusetts. In 2002, he suffered an injury that ultimately resulted in a loss of almost all vision in his left eye. Not long after the injury, physicians cleared him to return to duty without restriction. In 2007, after serving several years as a […]

Workers’ Comp Coverage For Accident Returning From Secondary Employment

Ruben Orozco died in his patrol car on September 17, 2005, while driving on the I-10 expressway that runs through El Paso, Texas. He was killed instantly when a wheel from another vehicle came loose and crashed through his windshield. At the time of his death, Orozco was a sergeant with the El Paso County […]

Arizona Shifts Standards On PTSD Workers’ Comp Claims

In June 2017, Gila County, Arizona deputy sheriff John France and another deputy were dispatched to a residence to investigate a person threatening to kill himself with a shotgun. When they arrived at the house, a man burst through the doorway between them, holding a shotgun in a shooting stance.The man rushed toward France, his […]