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Police & Firefighters’ Employment Issues

Advocating for Atlanta Police and Firefighters in Unique Employment Issues

You protect others — let our law firm protect you

If you are a police officer or a firefighter, your job is protecting others. AtDeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick, & Benjamin, LLC, we honor your sacrifice by ensuring your job interests are vigorously protected. Our firm is committed to advocating for your rights under the Georgia and federal employment statutes, including those involving such challenging issues as:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Overtime and compensatory pay
  • Hours, breaks, sick leave, vacation time and wages
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations
  • Fringe benefits
  • Income, Social Security and Medicare taxes
  • Workers compensation payments
  • Union and collective bargaining disputes
  • Employment contracts

DeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick, & Benjamin, LLC devotes our entire practice to employment law and labor matters. We proudly represent the firefighters and police officers in our Atlanta community, including the local chapters of the IIAF in Fulton, Cobb, Coweta and DeKalb Counties.

Special FLSA overtime rules apply to fire protection personnel

Your position with a firefighting or law enforcement agency may be subject to special FLSA rules, including the following:

  • Overtime exemption to public agencies that employ fewer than five workers who are involved in law enforcement or fire protection activities during a workweek.
  • Overtime may be based on a work period, which can be from seven to 28 consecutive days in length instead of the traditional 7 day work week.
  • For fire personnel, the overtime hours are calculated as 10.6 hours x the number of workdays in the work period.
  • For law enforcement personnel, the overtime hours are calculated as 8.55 hours x the number of workdays in the work period.
  • A state or local government agency may substitute cash with compensatory time of one and one-half hours for each overtime hour you worked, up to 480 hours of accrued compensatory time that you can use on the dates you request unless it would unduly disrupt your employer’s operations.

Fire protection personnel include firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), rescue workers, ambulance personnel and hazardous materials workers. Regardless of the number of nonexempt tasks you perform, you are considered fire protection personnel if you meet the DOL definition. You are not considered exempt law enforcement personnel if you engage in at least 20 percent nonexempt activities within a work period.

Get help with the special employment issues affecting firefighters and police officers

If you’re a law enforcement officer or firefighter, our attorneys are here to answer your questions regarding the employment-related matters that affect you. Consult with DeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick, & Benjamin, LLC — we offer free telephone consultations. Our lawyers can be reached at 470-443-0524 or online. Our office has parking available and is ADA accessible.

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