Supreme Court rules on public employee privacy case
17. June 2010
As discussed in an earlier blog entry here, the Supreme Court has ruled that a public employer does not violate an employee's Fourth Amendment rights (which protect against unreasonable searches and seizures) when it obtained copies of text messages sent by the employee (with a pager provided b...
New FLSA Manual Released
11. June 2010
The Legal Department and Woodley & McGillivary have completed the IAFF's FLSA Manual, which is available on the IAFF web site for IAFF affiliate officers. Click here to log on to the Legal Department's web site. The new FLSA manual is over 140 pages of detailed case law summaries, updates...
STAND DOWN better yet STAND UP!!!
7. June 2010
The IAFC recently called for a STAND DOWN asking that fire chiefs stop all non-emergency activities and review their department procedures on responses involving “technical rescue.” Perhaps a well intentioned declaration, but the mark was missed. What led to the issue? Two ...
3. June 2010
An IAFF member from Dexter, MI Local 4090 wrote us looking for some help from other IAFF brothers and sisters. He says his community wants to stop paying their Social Security and is asking if any other affiliates have faced this issue. IAFF members should be aware that, since 1983, if municipalitie...
Safety Health and Survival Week
28. May 2010
The 2010 Safety, Health and Survival Week is June 20-26. With more than 50 percent of fire fighter line-of-duty deaths caused by health and fitness-related issues, a concentrated effort in implementing wellness and fitness programs is more important than ever.
Ten states added or improved whistleblower laws in the past year
27. May 2010
Via BNA News (subscription only), ten states in the past year have boosted statutory protections to state employees who blow the whistle on their employers or others on waste, fraud, or other unlawful governmental practices, according to an analysis by a group called Public Employees for Environment...
Supreme Court decides Chicago fire fighters case, rejects technicality
24. May 2010
The U.S. Supreme Court decided another fire fighter case. The decision was unanimous, holding that the limitations period during which a plaintiff can file a suit based on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act starts from the application of an unlawful policy, rather than the announce...
Surviving the Recession
24. May 2010
We are constantly seeing attacks on pensions, fire department resources, pay, benefits… at the same time we’re seeing more and more jurisdictions exploring cost-sharing and consolidation of services. Keep your eyes out and let us know what you’re experiencing.
SAFER Grants Bring Relief
21. May 2010
DHS has awarded more than $12 million in SAFER grants, and more are expected to be announced before the end of the month. SAFER applications are being prioritized so that fire departments that have had layoffs are getting the highest priority and receiving their funding first. The new...
Bad Password - Hackers will "rockyou"
20. May 2010
How important is your member information? Important enough not to hold the door open for an internet thief? You are holding the door open for mischief if your member or financial information is "protected" by one of these, which are "... the 10 most-commonly used passwords, all...
Aggressive Local in Jacksonville
17. May 2010
With two engine closures, 29 jobs and 53 demotions on the line, Jacksonville Local 122 is monitoring the work of those engines and blasting emails like this to "... all elected politicians in the county... all local media... all local party heads... politicos... people who run for office... register...
Pensions Under Attack
13. May 2010
We are in an era that may well be remembered for the most serious assaults on public pensions in the nation’s history. Every day, we see news headlines taking aim at public employee pensions, calling these plans grossly generous and accusing unions of plundering state coffers. But we know that...
New York Retirement Funds land $624 million settlement
13. May 2010
A New York State retirement fund and five New York City retirement systems have tentatively settled with Countrywide Financial and KPMG for a reported $624 million, to resolve a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the mortgage lender of violating securities law by making misstatements and omitting...
New Survivor Benefits in Wisconsin
12. May 2010
Governor Jim Doyle just signed important legislation brought forward by our state association, the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. The law requires municipalities to now pay the health insurance premiums of the spouse and children (up to 27 years old) of a Wisconsin fire fighter ...
Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup
11. May 2010
We are deploying a couple of our HazMat instructors to assist with training workers heading to clean up the Gulf Coast and probably the Atlantic Coast from the BP oil disaster. Chip Hughes, our granting partner from NIEHS sent these amazing photos of the oil rig fire…119 workers survive...
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