The Firehouse Lawyer Newsletter

Results for newsletters with the topic “Retirement Issues

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We now discuss a decision of the Public Employment Relations Commission, of which the Firehouse Lawyer is a former commissioner, involving the duty to bargain supplemental pensions; the 90-day statute of limitations for vacation of arbitration awards; handicap discrimination and the duty to accommodate disabilities; the preemption of state law by FLSA; the requirement under the FMLA that the employer give notice of a requirement for medical certification; the 296-305 requirements for Washington fire departments in live-structure firefighting. 02-11199811v02n11nov1998.pdf
This article addresses various issues with the Public Records Act, including requests for information, charges for copying records (and medical records specifically), and penalties for withholding records in bad faith; we also outline some age-old doctrines of labor law. 09-0720097v09n07jul2009.pdf
Here we look to a United States Supreme Court ruling on "disparate impact" treatment, which refers to those situations when a hiring practice or rule has the unintended consequence (impact) of treating minorities worse than others, i.e. discriminating; we also address age discrimination, and include an article from an outside author regarding how to manage retirement plans for firefighters. 09-0920099v09n09sep2009.pdf
The Public Records Act has changed in a fundamental way, because the Washington Supreme Court has ruled that public agencies may now be charged a per-page penalty for wrongful withholding of public records; we also discuss a very important case related to bargaining subjects; charges for copying and searching for medical records; and another important case covering duty-related disability retirement. 14-0420164April2016FINAL.pdf
In this issue, the Firehouse Lawyer discusses an arbitrary distinction between certain types of fire commissioners, and how this distinction has resulted in unfair, and perhaps unconstitutional, consequences.14-0720167July2016FINAL.pdf
At times, state agencies get it wrong, and today we discuss that, with respect to the stripping of pensions from elected officials not working in "eligible positions" under DRS regulations; we also discuss RCW 71.05, one of the involuntary detention laws; a sweeping case involving the mandatory reporting duty in cases of child abuse and neglect; the employee's responsibility under the vertical safety standards; and finally, we outline some of the most common issues the State Auditor keeps running into, with respect to fire districts and RFAs. 15-0320173March2017FINAL.pdf
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