If I am already a member of the Florida Sheriffs Association's Legal Plan, how is the FDSA Legal Plan different?
All benefits are the same except under the FDSA legal plan, the minor motor vehicle representation has been replaced with 60 hours of administration/termination representation per year and on-scene representation for officer-involved shootings and motor vehicle crashes involving serious injuries/fatalities while on active duty 24/7.
If I’m currently a member of the Florida Sheriff Associations Legal Plan can I transfer to the FDSA Enhanced Member Legal Plan?
Yes, all you need to do is sign up as an Enhanced Member either on line or if your sheriff office is offering payroll deduction fill out an application. Once the FDSA benefit office has received your FDSA application they will notify the legal plan provider to change your legal coverage to include the administrative and on scene attorney response coverage that is exclusive to FDSA Enhanced Members.
If I leave a Florida Sheriff's Office and go to another Florida Sheriff's Office can I keep my FDSA membership?
If you are Basic Member, it will transfer. For Enhanced Members, as long as the Sheriff's Office you are going to has set up payroll deduction for their employees to become Enhanced Members of the FDSA, it will transfer along with all of your accrued benefits.
I have read the Enhanced Membership Brochure, but have more questions. Who can help me?
Contact our FDSA Office in Tallahassee at (850) 877-2165. They will be happy to answer all of your questions.
What is the relationship between FSA and FDSA?
The FSA and FDSA are separate entities with separate by-laws and boards.
How was the FDSA established?
The FDSA was created from the Florida Sheriffs Association’s Law Enforcement Membership.
Why was the FDSA established?
To provide an association for all active sheriffs office employees, sworn and non-sworn, with benefits designed for law enforcement personnel and to provide opportunity for members to share information of importance to all who work in sheriffs offices.
Is the FDSA a collective bargaining agent?
No. The FDSA’s bylaws prohibit collective bargaining.
How many hours of Administrative and Termination Hearing Representation are included in my FDSA membership?
Member receives 60 hours per year for Administrative and Termination Hearing Representation.
Will 60 hours meet the needs of an Administrative and Termination Hearing?
Yes, 60 hours will exceed most Administrative and Termination Hearings.
Will my legal plan cover administrative inquires investigations, or grievances?
Yes, along with hearings the 60 hours per year includes representation for pre and post disciplinary or termination inquiries, hearings, or proceedings before a review board or arbitrator.
Who chooses the attorneys who represent the FDSA’s members?
The attorneys who represent FDSA members are your attorneys. You have total right of refusal of any attorney in your legal plan that is assigned to work with you on a job related or personal issue.
Will I have attorney client privilege with my FDSA attorney or will my information be shared?
Yes, all information is subject to attorney-client privilege and can never be compromised.
Will my legal plan attorney represent me against any disciplinary action concerning my agency?
Yes, again these are your attorneys.
Under the legal plan will my case be subject to review before I receive legal coverage?
No, as long as your premiums are paid you have representation.