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    I have been told in the by several volunteer fire departments that they are exempt from labor laws because they are volunteer. Is this correct? And under that guise of volunteer, even though it's supported by a government agency, in particular city/town or county, and thus get most of their moneys from those agencies, is it legal for them to "vote" member in or out, or would it "technically" be the same as a paif department?

    Not having any difficulties with my department, but I also realize that I may end up moving, and where ever I got I want to continue as a VFF. Just want to be prepared.

    ANY insight is welcome!
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    did that for 9 yrs. was my uderstanding that (at least in NE) a vfd is an employer only in terms of work comp, nothing else. as far as voting goes, i believe that as long as they follow thier constitution (or by-laws, or policies) regarding membership (approval and dismissal) then they are not violating any laws (as long as by-laws don't say "no females" or "no hispanics" etc...) hope that helps, and good luck smoke eater


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