Air Marshals Entitled To Overtime Under FLSA

A group of 1,805 federal air marshals brought a lawsuit against the federal government, alleging that they were not paid overtime as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The air marshals routinely work specific workweeks of at least 50 hours. If air marshals annually average two unscheduled overtime hours per workday, they are entitled to a 25 percent bonus known as “availability pay.” The Government’s first defense…

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Arbitrator Has Authority To Award Two Years Of Missed Overtime To Officer

The Town of Wallkill, New York, placed a police officer on modified duty after his involvement in an incident that had possible disciplinary ramifications. One of the restrictions on the officer was that he not be allowed to work overtime. The officer’s labor organization, the Town of Wallkill Police Benevolent Association, challenged the Town’s decision in arbitration. An arbitrator agreed with the Association, and not only ordered that the…

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