News in Brief: January 2020

Issue 1 and Volume 173.

Fire Industry News
NYC EMTs win FLSA case A federal jury unanimously agreed the City of New York disregarded the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) when it permitted emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics to work before and after their shifts without pay. The law firm of McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP represented the plaintiffs in a trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY. The plaintiffs demonstrated that they began working at the EMS stations up to 15 minutes prior to the start of their shifts preparing their equipment and performing other tasks to put their ambulances in service and for up to 15 minutes at the end of their shift exchanging vital medical equipment and information with the next tour of EMTs and paramedics and storing any other personal medical or protective equipment they had used during their shift. Since the employees were scanned into the City’s electronic…

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