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Firefighters Sue District Over Alleged Overtime Miscalculations

Nearly four dozen current and former Southern Marin firefighters have filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming they were shorted of full overtime compensation. The firefighters allege the Southern Marin Fire Protection District violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by understating the regular pay rate upon which overtime is calculated. They are seeking back pay, interest and attorneys’ fees. The lawsuit involves the firefighters’ special work schedule, which is…

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First Thursday, February 2016

Will discusses three important news stories and three recent cases. LRIS would also like to introduce our Q&A hotline where podcast listeners can submit questions directly to Will. To leave a voice mail, call 503-836-5255. In addition to your question, please let Will know the state where you’re employed and whether you work in a collective bargaining environment. The Department of Labor’s new overtime rules. The latest on Friedichs…

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Oakland Fire Department Reducing Services In West Oakland, Downtown As Overtime Soars

OAKLAND, CA – The Oakland Fire Department for years has filled staffing shortages by spending millions on overtime for existing employees, rather than hiring more firefighters and paramedics. But while that strategy has saved money, the department is now so understaffed that it’s been forced to reduce medical services in West Oakland and downtown, and union leaders say that reliance on overtime is forcing firefighters to work dangerously long…

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Detroit Fire Fighters Being Investigated From Possible Fraud Involving Overtime Pay

DETROIT, MI – 7 Action News has learned some firefighters working at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters are being investigated for possible fraud involving overtime pay. Sources say the investigation involves about a dozen firefighters who were pulled from fire houses to work with the administration at the downtown offices. For several months, the firefighters were being paid as much as 50 hours of overtime per pay period, which is…

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DC To Pay Firefighters $45 Million In Overtime

WASHINGTON, DC – With a stroke of the pen on Saturday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has ended the District’s 14-year labor dispute with its firefighters union, agreeing to terms that will pay firefighters between $45 million and $49 million in back pay for unpaid overtime. “I believe firmly, as a manager of over 30,000 people, that when you work you should get paid what you’re owed,” Bowser said, as…

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Agreement Reached To Pay DC Firefighters $49 Million In Back Overtime

WASHINGTON, DC – After eight months of negotiating, the District government is on the verge of paying $49 million in back overtime to hundreds of D.C. firefighters. It is the result of a 15-year fight that was ultimately won in court. The $49 million is $2 million more than the city estimated it owed the firefighters back in January when Mayor Muriel Bowser agreed to settle the dispute. The…

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City: Firefighter Union Should Reimburse Overtime Time

PROVIDENCE, RI – Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare is calling on Providence’s firefighters’ union to reimburse the city for overtime wages that were paid after several union officials called out of work to picket an event hosted by Mayor Elorza last week. Pare said three members of the union’s executive board called out of their 14-hour nightshifts on Friday evening in order to picket the mayor’s event on Federal…

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Florida State Troopers Fired, Forced To Retire In Overtime Probe

A dozen Florida Highway Patrol troopers from Tallahassee to Miami were fired, forced to retire or otherwise disciplined after an in-house investigation into whether they were billing the agency for hours they spent working from home, eating at restaurants and visiting girlfriends and relatives. The disciplinary action came as part of a probe into the agency’s Statewide Overtime Action Response program, which is designed to beef up traffic enforcement…

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New Mexico Correctional Officers, Union Picket Over Overtime, Pay

LOS LUNAS, N.M. — New Mexico correctional officers protested on Tuesday, saying that long hours, poor working conditions and low pay are contributing to an unsafe environment for prison staff. The Valencia County News-Bulletin reports that staff represented by the New Mexico Council 18 picketed on Tuesday to raise public awareness. “We’re out here to raise public awareness about public safety in our correctional institutions,” Rober Darnnel, AFSCME Council…

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First Thursday, July 2015

Topics discussed in this month’s podcast include: Supreme Court To Hear Case Threatening Public Employee Unions, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association No Right For Non-Members To Vote On Contract, AFSCME Council 25 v. Yunkman, 2015 WL 3505668 (Mich. App. 2015) The Department of Labor Issues Draft FLSA Exemptions Regulation Health Care Cashback, Merit Pay Must Be Included In FLSA Overtime Rate, Callahan v. City of Sanger, 2015 WL 2455419…

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