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    Default A Federal Law.....

    I was told about a Federal Law that protected Fire Fighters, mainly volunteers rather career I guess, against being fired or written up by an employer if he/she was late to work or didnt show up because they were on a fire or medical call and could provide a copy of the report.

    I have heard this from several people and other fire fighters. Any one heard of this, know what the name or number of the law is? I would just like to know incase a situation arises where I would respond to a fire and then was unable to goto work.
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    I personally have never heard of such a "law". When I work for a NY State Hospital several years ago, I was "covered" under the union and didn't lose any time for the 1/2 day I took due to a fire. It was the only time I asked to be excused (then again, it was probably the only fire we had all year anyway). You may want to check with your Congressional or Senatorial representative. It may also be just a local or state government "law".
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    I don't know how your state laws are worded but in ohio we are covered if our employer has a letter from our chief on file. A run report is then needed within 72 hours (I think).

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    Question I Don't Think It's Federal.............

    We have a law here in Maryland, but I think such legislation is at the state level.
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    Default Re: I Don't Think It's Federal.............

    Originally posted by hwoods
    We have a law here in Maryland, but I think such legislation is at the state level.
    Ditto about CT. Never heard of a federal law, but I've heard of plenty of state laws regarding this.
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    Illinois just passed such a law last spring. Methinks that with so many states having their own legislation, there is probably nothing federal relating to this. In fact, I would be willing to bet that federal law on this would probably get shot down in a big hurry, as it is a "local" or state issue, to be decided locally. Get on the horn to your reps and find out. If nothing is there, "gently" suggest it!
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    I know Massachusetts had a law on the books that you could not discipline an employee for any time missed due to a fire. I blieve that the employer needed to know that you were a member of a department and you needed to make sure that the company knew that you were involved in an incident as soon as possible (a little common courtesy is a good thing don't you think?)

    I worked with a guy who had to whip out his laminated copy of the law because the company started harrassing him after a major fire. He showed them the law and his supervisor said something about it being fake. The guy said that they can call the AG and see how they may interpret the law and speak about its legitimacy. Situation resolved.
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    Ditto........... No Federal Law, but as was said earlier, we do have one in Ohio

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    Default Same here...

    Its a state law. Never heard of a federal one.

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    Default Hey thanks guys, I found it

    Hey thanks for the replys. I did goto the Indiana Gov Website and found the state law on it. It infact just went into effect July 1, 2004.

    It basically says that an Employee that is a volunteer Fire Fighter can NOT be disciplined or terminated if he/she was absent or late to work due to they were engaged in a fire scene or any other emergency call. The employee had to have a written record of he/she being on the fire dept on file and place of employment and must obtain a letter from the chief or report that states they were infact engaged in an emergency activity. IF the employer disciplines them, they can be sued for backwages, frige benefits denied or withdrawn, reinstatement to their position, etc.
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