Practical Legal Compliance for Fire Departments During the COVID-19 Pandemic
One of the areas we do not think about are the legal issues facing the fire service during the pandemic related to quarantine, hours worked, FMLA, FLSA, labor contract issues, Inter-local Agreements for staffing, volunteer or reserve firefighters, and what happens if you respond to a Covid 19 patient and become infected, would you be eligible for worker compensation? Other topics include your department naming you as essential personnel, the Ryan White Act and keeping your organization running during these times of closing government offices and keeping people working from home.
This webinar will address these pressing dynamic and legal issues in the face of a pandemic.
The student will:
• Understand the legal issues facing the fire service during this pandemic
• The audience will gain a working knowledge of the labor and pay issues related to your staff while working in a virtual environment or if quarantined
• The audience will gain a working knowledge of the Ryan White Act and the reporting mechanism that may protect your employees
• The audience will have a working knowledge of the term continuity of government during an era of near total government shutdown
John K. Murphy, J.D. M.S, PA-C, EFO, a career firefighter beginning his fire service as a Firefighter/Paramedic and retiring as a Deputy Fire Chief after 32 years of service. Mr. Murphy is an attorney licensed in Washington whose focus is on firefighter health & safety, firefighter risk management, employment practices liability, employment policy, internal investigations, expert witness and litigation support and consulting on risk management for fire departments. He was a Navy Corpsman with the Marine Corps.
He is a frequent lecturer, educator, author, legal columnist, blogger and member of Fire Engineering’s - Fire Service Court Blog Talk Radio Show. Mr. Murphy has spoken at numerous local and national Fire and EMS conferences and for individual fire departments and emergency service organizations. He is a distance learning instructor at the University of Florida Fire and Emergency Services (FES) programs.