Q & A Session – On-Call Status


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I am an 1811 criminal investigator who also receives LEAP. I was recently informed that I will be on call approximately once every three weeks. As a drilling reservist, I also drill one weekend a month, which means that every other month, I will actually only have one weekend completely free.

Is this an overly restrictive interpretation of LEAP? And should my agency be required to accommodate my drill schedule so as not to limit me to one free weekend a month?


LEAP is a fairly generous benefit for which you are expected to be available for law enforcement duties. From your description, it sounds like our agency is accommodating your reserve duty.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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