The Firehouse Lawyer Newsletter

Results for newsletters with the topic “Volunteering

This issue addresses FLSA rules for excluding sleep periods from overtime; whether an employee’s FLSA-exempt status may be destroyed by an employer making improper pay deductions; affirmative defenses an employer may raise to a claim of sexual harassment; and finally, some questions about residency requirements and uses by volunteers of their personal vehicles while conducting their official duties. 04-0220002v04n02feb2000.pdf
We now discuss the HIPAA Security Rule, which pertains to administrative, physical, and technical safeguard measures, to ensure that your data is secure; a criminal case involving compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule; a court case involving whether volunteers are “participants” such that they should receive health and pension benefits under RCW 41.24; veterans’ scoring criteria; and important developments in the case law surrounding the Weingarten Doctrine. 05-0220052v05n02feb2005.pdf
Today we outline the benefits and procedures of merger of fire districts under RCW 52.06 and annexation of cities or towns to adjacent fire districts pursuant to RCW 52.04, as well as through cities annexing unincorporated land into the city by annexations, along with a consideration of consolidation versus merger; we also consider a recent case finding that volunteers can sue their own agencies for damages, for negligently caused injuries.05-11200511v05n11nov2005.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 holding annual public hearings on the budget, and the resolutions which should result from those hearings; free speech rights of public employees under the First Amendment; videotaping in the workplace and the Fourth Amendment problems that may cause; the liabilities that may come with running youth and cadet programs; and conditional offers of employment under the ADA. 06-12200612v06n12dec2006.pdf
We are in the process of updating our newsletter index. In the meantime, please enjoy this issue, published in 2008, about state auditor guidance on volunteers, problems that may arise when compensatory time is requested, and whether training time is compensable under the FLSA. 08-0420084v08n04apr2008.pdf
Today we discussed a recent DOL Opinion Letter regarding whether paid firefighters may volunteer, provide answers to some of the most frequently raised questions about regional fire authorities, and forthcoming identity-theft rules. For MORE on identity theft, see the April 2009 issue of this newsletter (under United States Supreme Court Opinions, subtopic Fair Labor Standards Act). 09-0320093v09n03mar2009.pdf
This is a BIG ONE: We are talking about the ten main reasons why fire districts may have audit findings entered against them, and the implications of volunteering at athletic events. 09-0620096v09n06jun2009.pdf
Today we discuss a Washington Supreme Court case, in which the Court held that obesity is a protected "disability" under the Washington Law Against Discrimination; we also consider the "less than 20%" rule in the context of volunteer firefighting. 17-0720197July2019FINAL.pdf
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