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A recent case from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ("SJC") ruled that a student could sue her school for suspending her even though she did not “exhaust administrative remedies” by appealing the Principal’s decision to [...]
Whether a dismissed teacher employed by a school district for over five years, but who took two separate maternity leaves during that period, has professional teacher status (PTS) is an issue that must be decided [...]
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 [...]
The revamped Public Records Law takes effect on January 1, and employers should ensure that trained Records Access Officers (“RAOs”) are in place. RAOs play a critical role in assuring compliance with the stringent requirements [...]
In Chadwick v. Duxbury Public Schools, 475 Mass. 645 (2016), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) declined to recognize the existence of a “union member-union” privilege within M.G.L. c. 150E (collective bargaining statute), and declined [...]
The JLMC has issued new rules designed to promote negotiations and, where necessary, expedite arbitrations. There will be greater scrutiny of petitions filed after minimal bargaining. The committee may even decline jurisdiction. The issues to [...]
Cristina Barbuto, who had a prescription for medical marijuana, was terminated by her employer, Advantage Sales and Marketing (“ASM”), after testing positive for marijuana following a urine test. She alleged her termination constituted disability discrimination [...]