Gwinnett County Employees Receive Pay Raises In Fight To Recruit, Retain Against Inflation

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA — The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners earmarked $8 million to approve five percent raises for all full-time employees Tuesday.  Police, fire, corrections, sheriff’s, solicitor’s office and district attorney staff will receive eight percent raises, according to Gwinnett County Board Chair Nicole Hendrickson.  “We recognize that inflation and cost of living is rising, and […]

In Lexington, A Decline In Gun Violence Raises Questions About Police Staffing

LEXINGTON, KY — In a city grappling with the intricacies of public safety and the role of law enforcement, a curious data point has emerged: Despite a police force that is “over 20% understaffed,” according to a September 17 Facebook post by Fraternal Order of Police Bluegrass Lodge 4 President Jeremy Russell, the incidence of […]

No Weingarten Rights When Merely Receiving Counseling Memo

Derrick Kruser is the president of the Madison County Deputy Sheriff’s Association in New York. In February 2020, Kruser needed his uniform shirt replaced and contacted Mitch Walker of United Uniforms to order a new one. Kruser later followed up with Walker regarding his order and Walker advised him that Sergeant Chad Chapman had canceled […]

No Evidence That Firefighter Would Attack Fellow Firefighter At Work

On October 18, 2018, Michelle Giese and several other firefighters in Kankakee, Illinois, including Lieutenant Nathan Boyce, responded to a call on the second floor of a senior living facility. Boyce took command of operations, while Giese and another firefighter brought a fire hose up the stairs. Boyce later stated that he ordered the firefight­ers […]

When Is An Employer Liable For Pre- And Post-Shift Work?

A group of 2,519 New York City paramedics and EMS personnel sued the City under the Fair Labor Standards Act, alleging that the City required them to perform work tasks before and after their shifts but com­pensated for that time only if the em­ployees requested overtime pay. After a 12-day trial, a jury agreed and […]

Missouri Police Chief Entitled To Pre-Termination Hearing

In 2017, the Board of Aldermen of the City of Sturgeon, Missouri voted to terminate the employment of the City’s Chief of Police, Greg Halderman. Halderman sued the City, the City’s mayor, and the aldermen who had vot­ed to terminate him. Halderman’s suit alleged that the City had wrongly failed to provide him with a […]

Officer Had Due Process Right To Review Third-Party Video Before Interview

A police officer identified only as “A” was ordered by the Office of Professional Standards and Accountability (OPSA) of the Akron Police Department in Ohio to answer questions about alleged incidents on August 9, 2022, at the Marriott Hotel in College Station, Texas. A was repre­sented in the interview by the president of Lodge 7 […]

No Whistleblower Protections When Providing Evidence As A ‘Trophy’

John Marlow was a full-time police officer for the City of Clarendon, Ar­kansas. He was involved in a high-speed pursuit of a car which fled a traffic stop and he was one of the first on the scene when that car crashed, and its passenger was ejected and seriously injured. Marlow believed his dash camera […]

Academy Trainees Entitled To Be Paid As Officers Not Cadets

Daniel Lanctot, Brandon Rice, and Morgan Vermette were appointed po­lice officers with the Town of Brewster, Massachusetts, after attending the police academy. While in the academy, they held the job title “Cadet” and were paid between $19.08 and $20.19 per hour in accordance with the Town’s bylaws. When they completed the academy, the Town designated […]

When Text Messages Are A Matter Of Public Concern

In October 2020, several police officers of the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland filed an internal complaint against a fellow police officer identified by a court only as “W.” The complaint alleged that W had used excessive force in choking a young man. In addition, surveillance video revealed that W had used his […]

What You Should Know About The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

In December of 2022, Congress passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), requiring covered employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” for job applicants’ and employees’ “known limitations” related to preg­nancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless such accommodations would cause the employer an “undue hardship.” The PWFA largely mirrors the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), though […]

Officer Entitled To Post-Disability Health Insurance

Todd Weeres worked as a police offi­cer in the City of Waite Park, Minnesota from 1992 to 2019. During his career, he experienced several traumatizing events. He responded to calls involving death – including child deaths, suicides, deadly motor-vehicle accidents, and the shooting death of a fellow officer. He was also involved in physical altercations […]

Officers Entitled To Privacy About Participation In January 6 Rally

Four Seattle police officers (referred to in the Court’s opinion as “the Does”) attended former President Trump’s “Stop the Steal” political rally on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Upon returning to Seattle, the Does received complaints from the Seattle Police Department’s Office of Police Accountability (OPA) alleging that they might have violated the law […]

Q & A

From Florida:Question: Is the attorney-client privilege waived if an officer communi­cates with a private attorney using an agency email system in which there is no reasonable expectation of privacy by written policy? Answer: You are right to be concerned about waiver in the circumstance you describe. While we cannot provide a definitive answer for Florida, […]