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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 […]

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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 […]

Employment Blog

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Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word

August 5th, 2015|0 Comments

In City of Woburn, a Department of Labor Relations (DLR) arbitration decision, a DLR arbitrator upheld the four month suspension of a police officer for deliberate violation of an order to stay away from his […]

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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 […]