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A common scenario facing many school districts this time of year is how to address situations where special education students are deemed ineligible for Extended School Year (ESY) Services by the team, but are then [...]
As of January 1, 2016, the revised regulations on physical restraint in public education programs (603 CMR 46.00) have become effective. Under the revised regulations, school programs are required to collect and report physical restraint [...]
Please join us in extending best wishes to our friend and colleague Michael C. Loughran, who is retiring from the practice of law. Mike has been a valuable asset and esteemed partner of Collins, Loughran [...]
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recently issued a decision in Champa v. Town of Weston Public Schools, which vacates a prior decision of the superior court and balances the public’s right of access to [...]
In a recent amendment to the fiscal year 2017 budget, the state Senate unanimously approved a measure extending the municipal retiree insurance premium moratorium for two more years, to July 1, 2018. Specifically, the moratorium [...]
On Friday, June 3, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed the public records reform bill unanimously approved in late May by both the state Senate and House of Representatives. This is the first major overhaul of [...]
When dealing with the issue of time worked but not compensated, the absence of proper records kept by the employer can, at a very minimum, complicate a marginal case. Escobor v. Helping Hands Company, Inc., [...]
On March 17, 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (the same court deliberating on Tom Brady’s suspension), ruled that a Director of Human Resources could exercise sufficient control over an individual’s employment to be [...]