Families sue Cal Fire for death benefits

By: NEWS10 ABC Sacramento 12:42 a.m. PDT August 11, 2015 Video at the link: http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/california/2015/08/11/families-sue-cal-fire–death-benefits/31448457/ Pilots take to the air and provide aerial support for raging wildfires, putting their lives on the line every time they go up — many of those pilots are contracted by Cal Fire. Fourteen contract pilots lost their lives while working for Cal …

CAL FIRE EXECS HIDE MANDATORY SURVIVORS BENEFIT FROM 14 FIREFIGHTER PILOT’S FAMILIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10, 2015 CONTACT: Paul Q. Goyette, President and CEO, Goyette & Associates, Inc. (916) 851-1900 goyettep@goyette-assoc.com CAL FIRE EXECS HIDE MANDATORY SURVIVORS BENEFIT FROM 14 FIREFIGHTER PILOT’S FAMILIES Sacramento, CA – For more than a decade, Cal Fire executives have concealed and failed to confer mandatory survivor’s benefits upon the families of …

Goyette & Associates wins disability retirement award for deserving Sacramento Sheriff’s Lieutenant.

After serving the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department for three decades, and suffering debilitating injuries to his back, shoulder, and knee along the way, our client applied for a disability retirement with the Sacramento County Employee Retirement System (SCERS).  SCERS tentatively denied the application, reasoning that because the client has served in a supervisory role prior to …

G&A Gets $1.25 Million for Injured Passenger in Automobile Crash

G&A lawyers obtained an insurance policy limits settlement for the passenger of a vehicle who was injured when the driver lost control and hit a telephone pole.  Justin Harris sustained severe injuries when the car in which he was riding hit a telephone pole.  The 2013 accident occurred when the then 19 year old Harris …

HAVE YOU WORKED AS A ‘FIREFIGHTER IN TRAINING’ IN THE LAST THREE YEARS?  IF SO, YOU MAY HAVE VALID WAGE CLAIMS TO PURSUE

There is a common scenario in firefighting which has been accepted and used for a long time, but which likely is a clear violation of applicable federal wage law: the local fire ‘District’ allows individuals to work for a very small ‘stipend’ or pay rate as ‘Resident Firefighters’ or ‘Reserve Firefighters’ (or under similar Titles) …

Firefighter Embezzlement Prosecution reduced to Probation

Nicole Valentine, of Goyette & Associates, Inc., was able to resolve the case of a former City of Woodland Firefighter who had been charged with felony counts of embezzlement arising from his alleged use of a City issued credit card for personal reasons.  Prosecution initially charged our client with 7 felony counts, including embezzlement, falsifying …

California Employment Law: Overtime

As an employer, it is important to pay overtime to your eligible employees at the correct rate and at the proper time when overtime hours are worked in order to reduce your liabilities and avoid suit or extra fees. What should you know about California’s overtime laws?   Who Is Eligible To Receive Overtime? Non-exempt, …