It’s the perfect storm. Volunteerism is at an all-time low. Training and minimum standards are at an all-time high. Recruiting & retaining members is a nationwide-challenge. It's left many organizations opting to pay members to respond or be available for a shift.
At what point does a volunteer become an employee? Employees are entitled to minimum wage for all hours worked including volunteer hours. Then there's overtime. There's alot at stake
No law impacts fire departments more than the Fair Labor Standards Act. Since 1985 when the US Supreme Court decided Garcia v. San Antonio ruling that the FLSA was applicable to state & local governments, fire service cases have played a leading role in shaping the wage & hour landscape.
This program provides leaders of volunteer & combination fire departments with a foundation for understanding the FLSA, focusing on the topics of greatest concern including: what is a volunteer; compensation, benefits, expenses, & nominal fees; compensation for wildland deployments, & more.
I. FLSA Basics
b. Basic wage & hour
c. 207k partial exemption
a. General Rule for Volunteers
b. Reasonable Expenses, Benefits & Nominal Fee
c. Same Work, Same Employer
a. Occasional & sporadic work
b. Employees who volunteer: parades, funerals, honor guards, committee work
This not an advanced class. Prior attendance at our 24-hour program is not necessary.
Instructor: Curt Varone, JD, EFO has 45+ yrs in the fire service & 35+ yrs as a practicing attorney licensed in RI & ME. He is a retired deputy chief from Providence RI, a Contributing Editor for Firehouse Magazine, & operates Fire Law Blog. He remains active as a deputy chief in Exeter RI.
Time: 1:00pm-4:30PM Eastern
Cost: $99 per person
For group discounts or if you can't use Paypal, email CurtVarone@gmail.com
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