The Firehouse Lawyer Newsletter

Results for newsletters with the topic “Legislation of Interest

Now the Firehouse Lawyer highlights legislation in 1999 involving EMS Levies, fire district annexation, municipal officers and contracts, pension benefits, fire insurance premium taxes, drug administration, and 911 Telephone Systems; then we consider a case in which the Washington Supreme Court held that there is no cause of action for refusal to hire or re-hire someone. 03-0619996v03n06jun1999.pdf
Here we look at other legislative changes in 2004, particularly an amendment to RCW 39.34; an important case involving liability to contractors under the public works laws; an important OPMA case involving whether final actions that comply with the OPMA are invalid based on a previous violation of the Act; and finally, we consider the tests Washington courts have applied to see that a particular employee is in an “on call” status for purposes of the Washington Minimum Wage Act. 05-0120051v05n01jan2005.pdf
This issue discusses important new legislation on response times, the “two-in two-out” rule; and various legislative changes to the PRA and OPMA, and other laws. 05-0320053v05n03mar2005.pdf
This issue addresses compensation for volunteers injured on the job, as reflected in a recent case decided by the Washington Supreme Court; we also address the implications of Initiative 901, the anti-smoking law; and finally, we talk about plans for continuation of government in the event of an emergency. 05-12200512v05n12dec2005.pdf
Today we discuss what constitutes “adverse action” under Title VII, in the context of retaliation claims; a new law addressing the response standards for “substantially career” fire departments; RCW 70.160, which relates to smoking indoors, and policies of fire departments that may be required to comply with that law; and general issues with releasing medical records under HIPAA. 06-0120061v06n01jan2006.pdf
We now consider issues relevant to fire departments staying effective in the event of a pandemic or a widespread disaster; various bills of interest, ranging from retirement to collective bargaining issues; and then we discuss the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the requirement that health professionals certify that a health condition is serious. 06-0320063v06n03mar2006.pdf
This article addresses recent legislation pertaining to "substantially career" fire departments; various administrative code provisions related to job classifications as they affect L&I rates for employers; I-747 being stayed by our Supreme Court; and some age discrimination issues. 06-0920069v06n09sep2006.pdf
This article addresses social security issues, and legislative changes in the multi-year "lid lift" and fire-commissioner compensation laws. 07-0520075v07n05may2007.pdf
This issues addresses a property tax law passed by our state legislature on the boundaries of taxing districts; provisions of a random law: the Federal Flag Code; and the importance of comparing the wages and other benefits of comparable jurisdictions during interest arbitration. 07-0620076v07n06jun2007.pdf
This article addresses the propriety of political signs being placed on fire district property, and various legislative enactments and non-enactments, particularly with respect to the pension systems. 07-0820078v07n08aug2007.pdf
Please be patient while we update our newsletter index. This issue, published in 2008, discusses an NLRB decision on the use of email to conduct union business, and some legislation addressing lifting the bid limit. 08-0220082v08n02feb2008.pdf
Here we discuss changes in the Washington Family Medical Leave law, and implementing policies for releasing photos. 08-0720087v08n07jul2008.pdf
Today we consider the implications of deflation to the collection of property taxes, and various legislative changes in 2009. 09-0520095v09n05may2009.pdf
This issue involves the question of whether time spent by a firefighter when training or travelling may go toward overtime under the FLSA, and also involves some legislation pertaining to firefighter-immunity from liability when engaged outside of their districts, and the posting of meeting agendas on websites. 10-0220102v10n02feb2010.pdf
This article addresses what steps fire departments should take to ensure that they can properly collect impact fees on new development, and also addresses new legislation involving shared leave, the Public Records Act, annexation issues, and duty-related deaths. 10-0320103v10n03mar2010.pdf
This issue covers four items: (1) what constitutes "unprofessional conduct" that may be reported to the Department of Health; (2) whether fire departments can trademark their logos; (3) "concerted activities" under the NLRA and Washington law; and (4) some bills of interest involving records training and meeting agendas. 12-0120143v12n01mar2014.pdf
This article addresses three house bills, one involving community paramedicine, another involving state mobilization, and another involving reimbursement for transports of Medicaid patients. All of these Bills are well-drafted and favored by the Firehouse Lawyer. 13-0320153v13n03mar2015.pdf
Today, the Firehouse Lawyer shall discuss the importance of bills before the Washington Legislature; we shall also consider two very important cases before the United States Supreme Court, one relating to First Amendment retaliation claims, and the other related to the constitutionality of requiring non-represented public employees to pay representation fees. 14-0120161January2016FINAL.pdf
This month, the Firehouse Lawyer sheds light on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, with respect to the "white collar" exemptions; changes to the post-incident investigation procedures of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act; notice to third parties of public records requests, and when that notice should be given and when not; a new electronic records law that affirmatively requires local agencies in Washington to adopt policies on electronic records; a court case involving standing to sue under the Open Public Meetings Act; and finally, we discuss our involvement in an important Washington Supreme Court case. 14-8E20168August2016.pdf
This article discusses proposed legislation that may result in the pro-rationing of junior taxing districts' levies across Washington State; an unpublished court opinion discussing whether an email exchange violated the Open Public Meetings Act; the appointment of auditing officers to pay certain claims prior to Board approval; the burdens of proof in "occupational disease" cases for firefighters seeking L&I benefits; finally, we include our monthly Safety Bill column, which enumerates the importance of safety checklists. 15-0220172February2017FINAL.pdf
Today we discuss the concept of a "jar of muddy water" when negotiation contracts; we also discuss very important legislative changes for 2017; we then consider an alternative revenue source we call the 450 Tax, which could generate substantial revenue for fire departments; finally, we have our monthly Safety Bill. 15-0420174April2017FINAL.pdf
Contracts for services are an under-utilized alternative to the property tax, and we discuss this today, as it pertains to contracts with housing authorities; we also discuss a new bill impacting Medicaid fraud investigations in Washington State; the doctrine of incompatibility of public offices; our potential new business model; and finally, we have our Safety Bill, discussing deadlines for training under WAC 296-305. 15-0520175May2017FINAL.pdf
Today we consider a pair of bills that relate to "no man's lands" and exemptions from double taxation; we also discuss the use of consumer reports in the employment context, whether elected officials are "employees" under the Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, and the duties of incident commanders. 17-0220192February2019.pdf
The Firehouse Lawyer considers the importance of privacy in the context of health care information; we also discuss potential changes to the bid laws that would impact various public agencies, disability retirement, WPFMLA leave requirements, defamation law, and the concept of "unilateral change" in labor law. 17-0320194MarchApril2019.pdf
Because the wildfire season is essentially here, we thought it would be appropriate to discuss "abatement" costs and whether certain fire departments may recoup those costs; furthermore, we consider HIPAA, legislative changes pertaining to piggybacking, the "buddy system" under the safety regulations, a case involving the public disclosure rules, off-duty misconduct, and affirmative action. 17-0520195May2019FINAL.pdf
Today we discuss the highlights of all of the 2019 issues of the Firehouse Lawyer. Happy New Year! 17-12201912December2019FINAL.pdf
We do not normally discuss pending legislation, but we found some interesting bills before the Washington State Legislature related to health clinic services, the Public Records Act, and the PFMLA, to be interesting. 18-0220202February2020.pdf
We wish to issue a correction of our previous issue: The tax breaks provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act do not apply to local governments. 18-2E202022020MarchCORRECTION.pdf
In this issue we discuss necessary changes to RCW 52.30.020, mandatory Covid vaccination and testing, trademarking of fire department logos, a rarely used Public Records Act exemption and the SECURE Act tax benefits for volunteer firefighters. 19-0120211January2021FINAL.pdf
In this issue, we discuss a medical negligence case from the Court of Appeals that could have impacts on our fire service readers; we also discuss the pitfalls of "agenda setting" by commissioners, and some 2021 Legislation of Interest.19-0220212February2021FINAL.pdf
Our issue today addresses the bargaining obligations of employers considering a reorganization or other changes to their business model; and we also consider various bills before Governor Inslee for signature. 19-0420214April2021FINAL.pdf
We consider a variety of issues today including new L&I guidance on mask-wearing, the new long-term care law, session laws pertaining to data-sharing and excessive force, a Public Records Act case involving Youtube, medical records retention, and the Affordable Care Act. 19-0520216MayJune2021FINAL.pdf
Today we consider whether a governing body may hold all-virtual meetings after Proclamation 20-28 is no longer the law of the land; we also discuss when a first responder may have a duty to act at a particular scene, and how the Norg case is very important in that analysis. 19-0720217July2021FINAL.pdf
Today we consider various bills of interest before the Washington Legislature, and invite our readers to our first virtual Municipal Roundtable. 20-0220222February2022FINAL.pdf
This issue discusses what "tax increment financing" is and how it may impact your agency. We also discuss our upcoming Municipal Roundtable on financing mechanisms, and the small works and vendor-list rules. 20-11202211November2022FINAL.pdf
Today we comment on pending legislation relating to the 1% lid and its likelihood of passage. We also discuss bid challenges and the seconding of motions21-0220232February2023FINAL.pdf
In this issue we discuss the Washington Silenced No More Act, along with a recent finding of the NLRB regarding non-disparagement clauses; we also consider issues with breaking up projects for purposes of avoiding bid thresholds, and an upcoming training by Eric Quinn on DEI programs.21-0320233March2023FINALwDEI.pdf
In this edition we discuss how the 103% lid bill did not yet pass, and provide a brief description of some FLSA exemptions and cooperative purchasing. 21-0420234April2023FINAL.pdf
Today we consider some important labor concepts and decisions pertaining to the employer's obligation to bargain over PFMLA premiums and supplemental benefits. We also consider local elections procedures and a Public Records Act case involving the statute of limitations. 21-0520235May2023FINAL.pdf
Our lead article today discusses tax increment financing in even more detail; we also discuss a First Amendment case, and issues related to fire-commissioner compensation, eminent domain, lien claims and contractor bonds. 22-0120241January2024FINAL (2).pdf
In today's article we discuss a WA Court of Appeals case that could be helfpful to the argument that tax increment financing is unconstiutional; we also consider some bills of interest and new rules that are set to take effect relating to independent contractors. 22-0220242February2024FINAL.pdf
Our lead article today discusses tax increment financing in even more detail; we also discuss a First Amendment case, and issues related to fire-commissioner compensation, eminent domain, lien claims and contractor bonds.22-1E20241January2024FINAL.pdf
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