Volunteer Emergency Responder Job Protection
In order for a volunteer fire firefighter or EMT to be protected under House Bill 21, she must notify her employer in writing of her status as a volunteer fire firefighter or EMT prior to her sustaining any injuries. All volunteer fire firefighters and EMTs should notify their employers immediately or at the time of hiring of their status, so as to be covered by this law.
In addition, companion House Bill 22 prohibits any employer from refusing to hire or discriminating regarding the pay, terms or conditions of employment against a volunteer firefighter or EMT because of their status or affiliations.
Takeaway for employers:
- Keep accurate records of which employees have identified themselves as EMTs or volunteer fire fighters.
- Consult with legal counsel before taking adverse employment actions, especially those involving EMTs and volunteer firefighters.
- Put status as an EMT or volunteer firefighter on the ‘do not ask’ list of interview questions.
Author: James A. Landon, Esq. is a member of the firm's Healthcare Industry Team and its Real Estate and Land Use practices.Share