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  • On call... sort of... Louisiana

    I work for a Louisiana fire department. We do not have an "on call" policy. Rather than create one, can we, legally, mandate all personnel to answer their phones when they see we are calling them? Everyone has caller ID now so many people ignore the phone when we call because they are trying to avoid being called in for overtime.

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    And how do you plan to enforce such a mandate?
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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    • #3
      That's the only hitch... enforcement. We are pretty lenient on most things so it would probably be a case of watching to see who repeatedly ducks calls and maybe writing a counseling letter or letter of reprimand.

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        Maybe you should just formulate a policy.
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        • #5
          I guess it would be easier to create an on-call policy. I didn't really want to go that direction and create an across-the-board policy for just a few that won't cooperate... kinda like punishing everyone for the actions of one.

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            I don't necessarily disagree. However, the advantage of a policy is that everyone knows it and everyone is treated exactly the same.
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