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New Mich. law protects volunteer firefighter earnings from tax

The bill protects Mich. vol. firefighters' small compensation from being considered income

The States News Service

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed a bill that protects Michigan's volunteer firefighters into law, announced state Rep. Al Pscholka. House Bill 4726 prevents the small compensation volunteer firefighters receive from counting as income and threatening unemployment benefits for unemployed volunteers.

"This is simply the right thing to do for these heroic residents," said Pscholka. "In some cases, these brave first responders are not even granted death benefits. They are providing for the public's safety and shouldn't be discouraged from service in the event that they are laid off from their full-time positions."

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Heather Nichols Heather Nichols Friday, January 04, 2013 4:50:04 PM now if they can get the law passed to protect firefighters from business owners and managers from harrassing firefighters that run calls at night or early morning an come into there regular jobs late. the former company that I worked for wanted to fire me because I was late twice because I was at working structure fires early in the morning and was late at work. I know that some states have these laws but michigan is not one of them. I guess a few dollars from my $2,000 a year pay for being a volunteer is more important. thanks but no thanks.
Jon Whiskey Jon Whiskey Friday, January 04, 2013 9:30:33 PM That's awesome. I've been with my department for almost 3 years. I've found some opportunities to get killed, but never found ANY kind of paycheck! hahaha. Good article!
Don Collick Don Collick Tuesday, January 08, 2013 7:43:50 AM Heather, Mi does have a law that protects FF's from being reprimanded while working for their FD. That does NOT mean your employer will not find another reason. I have been in the Fire Service for 20 yrs with 9 of them being carrer. Not once have I seen any of the guys/gals get fired because they were late to work.

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