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Officers Accused of Fraudulent Claims for PTSD after 9/11

More than 100 retired police officers, firefighters and correctional officers are being charged with Social Security disability fraud for allegedly faking the extent of their disabilities to unlawfully obtain disability...more

Affordable Care Act Update: Volunteer Firefighters And Other Emergency Responders Are Not Full-Time Employees Or FTE’s Under ACA

On January 10, 2014 the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders (“volunteer emergency personnel”) at governmental or tax-exempt organizations “generally” need not be...more

Regulators Provide ACA Guidance on Volunteer Emergency Workers

On Friday, the Department of Treasury announced on its blog that it intends to provide an exemption to the employer penalty provisions for volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel. According to its blog post,...more

Volunteer Hours Of Firefighters And Emergency Responders Can Be Excluded From ACA's Shared Responsibility Calculation

Executive Summary: The Department of Treasury has posted a statement on its blog indicating that the volunteer hours of volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel do not need to be included in...more

Illinois Supreme Court Sides With Pension Fund in Firefighters' Dispute

In the final announced opinion day of 2013, the Supreme Court has filed its opinion in Hooker v. The Retirement Board of the Firemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago, holding that the plaintiffs – widows of two deceased...more

Fire Captain’s Comments in Daily Logs Held Subject to Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights

Since 2008, California firefighters have enjoyed increased procedural protections under the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights (FFBOR) (Govt. Code § 3250 et. seq.). Section 3255 of FFBOR provides that “[a] firefighter...more

Volunteer Firefighters Qualify as Employees Under Fair Labor Standards Act and Family Medical Leave Act

A volunteer firefighter alleged his termination violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the district court’s...more

Argument Report: Illinois Supreme Court Debates Chicago Firefighters' Pensions

Although Kanerva v. Weems was the marquee case on public pensions for the September term of the Illinois Supreme Court, it wasn't the only such case on the docket. But if the oral argument is any indication, the retirees in...more

Delaware Enacts Volunteer Emergency Responders Job Protection Act

On September 6, 2013, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law the Volunteer Emergency Responders Job Protection Act, DEL. CODE ANN. tit. 19, § 1901 et seq. (H.B. 21), a measure designed to ensure that volunteer...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Pensions for Firefighters' Spouses

Our previews of the oral arguments on the Illinois Supreme Court’s September docket begin with Hooker v. Retirement Fund of the Firemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago, which is set for argument this morning, September...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Volunteer Firefighters Must Be Counted As Employees To Determine Whether A Dispatcher Is Eligible For FMLA...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held in Mendel v. City of Gibraltar that volunteer firefighters, who receive $15 per hour whenever they voluntarily choose to respond to calls, are employees who must be counted...more

“Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics”

This phrase, popularized by Mark Twain -- who attributed it to a British Prime Minister -- can be used to describe both the positive and negative power of numbers to illustrate a point. Recently, it gained new meaning in the...more

Harassment, Once Removed

David Derr, a former employee of the Kern County Fire Department, filed a lawsuit against the department, his supervisor, James Rummell, and Kern County alleging Rummell repeatedly harassed Derr for having a lesbian daughter....more

City Settles with High Ranking Fire Officials for Overtime Backpay

On March 14, 2013 a Federal Judge in the Western District of Pennsylvania approved an FLSA settlement between the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Fire Department’s high-ranking fire officials....more

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act Expands Coverage For Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians And Paramedics For Heart Or...

A number of medical studies suggest that Firefighters have a high rate of death from cardiovascular causes and that the most frequent cause of death among firefighters is heart disease rather than burns or smoke inhalation. A...more

Municipal Pensions II: Do Survivors' Pensions Increase Whenever the Salary For the Position Does?

Our previews of the new civil cases granted review at the end of the Illinois Supreme Court’s November term continue with Hooker v. Retirement Fund of the Firemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago,. Hooker poses the...more

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