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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
A Massachusetts federal court has ruled that a failure to pay overtime compensation makes an employer liable under the Massachusetts Wage Act in the same manner---treble damages, attorneys’ fees and interest---as the failure to pay [...]
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 [...]
On October 30, 2015, Phil Collins was honored by the Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association (MMPA) with the 2015 Emil Skop Award. One of two recipients this year (the other being Vanessa Hale, Assistant Town Administrator/Personnel [...]