Mandatory Overtime: A Legal and Safety Issue

01/04/2011
By John K. MurphyA firefighter recently posed a question asking what authority an employer has to compel mandatory overtime for firefighters, and it became a topic of conversation on the Fire Service Court podcast.  The short answer is the department can do what it needs to do to ensure the department can deliver services safely. If you are in a bargaining unit, your contract should define the hours of overtime and under what conditions "forced overtime" occurs. If not in a bargaining unit, a department policy should address this issue. The longer answer involves safety and performance issues and a new law (in New Jersey) that is applicable to the question posed b...

To access this articles and others like, join the Fire Engineering Training Network today.

  Gain unlimited access to the most comprehensive database of firefighter training info in the world.

  Membership in the Fire Engineering Training Network includes:

  • Exclusive Online Access to FireEngineering.com News & Articles
  • Fire Engineering Magazine Historical Archives (Online-Only)
  • Annual Print Subscription to Fire Engineering Magazine
  • Annual Digital Subscription to Fire Engineering Magazine

Join Now

 Already a member? Scroll down to the Login form below to access this article.

LOGIN TODAY

FE Logo

Log into Fire Engineering and you'll have total access to the industry's leading online resource for finest training simulations, articles, instructional videos and much more.