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We represent employers and schools in all facets of labor, employment and education law, including litigation, collective bargaining, training and advice. With CLP expert counsel is always close at hand.
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Education Blog

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Special Education Settlement Agreements Are Education Records Subject To Public Disclosure Once Redacted

November 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

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 […]

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Sports Concussion Regulations Training

September 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Under the Massachusetts Regulations for Head Injuries and Concussions in Extra Curricular Athletic Activities (105 CMR 201.000), select school staff including coaches, trainers, nurses, and athletic directors are required to complete a DPH approved head […]

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Teachers Challenging Dismissal Limited to Statutory Arbitration, Including Limited Arbitrator Review

August 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

A teacher does not have the right to challenge his dismissal under the grievance and arbitration procedure, and just cause standard, in a Teachers collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”). Rather, the appeal is limited to arbitration […]

Amended Physical Restraint Regulations

June 17th, 2015|0 Comments

In December, 2014, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted proposed amendments to the state’s Physical Restraint Regulations (603 CMR 46.00). A central theme of the amended regulations is that physical restraint should […]

Employment Blog

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Win Some, Lose Some Before DLR On Scope Of Bargaining Issues

November 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Can a firefighter call in “sick” while on vacation, and thus preserve another vacation day? What if there is medical documentation? Veteran readers might wonder, what is the parties’ practice? And if the “practice” is […]

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SJC Issues Important Civil Service Bypass Decisions

October 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

HRD’s Delegation To Local Appointing Authorities To Issue And Receive Bypass Letters Deemed Permissible, And Flawed Selection Process Not Fatal To Promotion Bypass Decision Ultimately Based On The Merits
In two promotion bypass cases decided […]

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When Are Civil Service Assessment Centers Negotiable?

September 5th, 2015|0 Comments

In a Town of Arlington case (41 MLC 272 (2015) recently decided by a hearing officer at the Department of Labor Relations (DLR), the Town was deemed to have an obligation to bargain with the […]

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Labor Board Recognizes “New” Working Condition

September 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

The Department of Labor Relations (DLR) recently issued a ruling that the City of Springfield could not install GPS devices in city owned trucks without bargaining with the union. City of Springfield, 41 MLC 383 […]