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Education Blog

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School Committee Violated Teacher’s First Amendment Rights

June 4th, 2015|0 Comments

In Meagher v. Andover School Committee, et al., Civil Action No. 13-11307-JGD (2015), a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the Andover School Department, and the Andover School Committee violated the First Amendment rights of […]

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Gun Violence Act Requires School Policy Changes

March 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Under a new law, school districts are required to develop and implement a plan to address the mental health needs of students, families, teachers and administrators in the district. The plan must also address the […]

DESE Approves New Restraint Regulations

January 26th, 2015|0 Comments

The Board of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently approved amendments to the Department’s Physical Restraint Regulations (603 CMR 46.00) and to the Program and Safety Standards for Approved Public or […]

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Student Residency Does Not Rest On Pillow Count

October 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

A Massachusetts superior court judge ruled that a student living part time with his father was still a resident of Wayland for educational purposes, despite the fact that he slept more nights at his mother’s house in Framingham.

Employment Blog

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It’s High Noon on Medical Marijuana Issues

July 8th, 2015|0 Comments

On Thursday, June 25, 2015, three years after Massachusetts citizens voted to allow the use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes, the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened in Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem dispensary is the […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Unveils New Burden of Proof for Religious Discrimination Claims

June 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., and held, 8-1, that Title VII prohibits employers from refusing to hire an applicant in order to avoid accommodating […]

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Appeals Court: PD Can Reassign Officer from Dispatch to Street

May 7th, 2015|0 Comments

A recent Massachusetts Appeals Court decision overturned a Department of Labor Relations ruling in a case where the Police Department replaced a sworn officer with a civilian dispatcher on the desk. The court specifically rejected […]

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SJC Rules All Retirees Entitled To The Same Retiree Health Benefits

May 1st, 2015|0 Comments

The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a municipality cannot require an employee to work for it a minimum number of years prior to retirement as a condition of that municipality contributing toward the cost […]