Firefighting

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT: “WHITE-COLLAR” EXEMPTIONS AS APPLICABLE TO FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Issue 1 and Volume 151.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT: “WHITE-COLLAR” EXEMPTIONS AS APPLICABLE TO FIRE DEPARTMENTS BY RANDY K. CLARK At first glance, it may appear that a fire chief needs a law degree to comply with the mandates of the Fair Labor Standards Act1 (FLSA); avoid litigation and the havoc it wreaks on a fire department; and, of course, continue to provide the public with a maximum level of protection and service. This article offers information on how to comply with the FLSA. The fire service manager must take a proactive approach to the FLSA. As with most other aspects of the fire service, management problems with respect to FLSA compliance will generally be compounded when management proceeds with a reactionary approach. Most litigation involving the fire service and the FLSA is avoidable. The progressive fire service professional must “preplan” FLSA compliance just as he would preplan response to local fire hazards. DEVELOP A…

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