By John K. Murphy
A visit to each of your line stations (and headquarters, shops, and so on) may reveal poster boards of differing sizes depicting a variety of contents and revision dates pertaining to federal and state labor laws on display in each facility. Is that a problem? It can be. The feds can impose fines of multiple thousands of dollars (29 USC Section 666(i) and also section 2005). The regulations require a complete display of the current edition of the law. The display must not be defaced or damaged and must be fully visible (nothing should be on top of the information).
John K. Murphy has been a career member of the fire service for 32 years. He retired as a deputy fire chief with Eastside (WA) Fire & Rescue in Issaquah, Washington, and the fire chief of the City of Sammamish (WA). He is an attorney whose focus is on employment practices liability, policy, internal investigations, and firefighter health and safety. He is an expert witness and consultant on risk management for private and public entities. He lectures and writes on fire service topics related to company officer operations, organizational liability, and personnel issues.