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Off-Duty Conduct: I Can Do What I Want, Right?

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So what happened to being off-duty? Where does regulation of off-duty and personal behavior begin and end? Attorneys Alisa Arnoff and John Rukavina will discuss the legal authority for, and limits of, regulation of off-duty firefighter behavior.

Learning Objectives:

  • Familiarize participants with the rules (federal, state, local) regarding the regulation/discipline of off-duty firefighter conduct,
  • Clarify the role that SOPs, policies and collective bargaining agreements have in assessing whether off-duty conduct is appropriate .
  • Analyze the meaning of 'conduct unbecoming' in terms of a firefighter's right to associate with a particular group, communicate in a particular matter or express his personal viewpoints while not on duty.
  • Determine whether a department can discipline someone who lawfully uses products and services, such as tobacco, alcohol, computers, escort services, or who moonlights at another department.
  • Establish a baseline of comportment for your department that is the minimum of the image you want presented to the population you serve and protect.

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