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With the start of the new school year, DESE has reviewed and revised the “Home and Hospital” form, a physician’s order for the implementation of educational services in a home or hospital setting. The updates and [...]
In Springfield School Committee, 44 MLC 129 (February 16, 2018), a bargaining unit member working under a voluntary resignation agreement that restricted her to working in the reference library and warned her she would be dismissed for [...]
A nationwide, student initiated call to action is circulating on social media calling for students and teachers to walkout of their schools for 17 minutes at 10:00 a.m. on March 14, 2018, in honor of [...]
Should male school custodians and female cafeteria workers receive the same remuneration for their employment? Twenty years ago, a closely divided Supreme Judicial Court (Jancey v. School Committee of Everett) [421 Mass. 4821 (1995) and [...]
Previously available only for disability retirements, starting October 22, firefighters will get the benefit of the cancer presumption to go on injured leave. Specifically, after five years on the job, a firefighter who contracts any of [...]
Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (“MEPA”) took effect on July 1, 2018. As we have reported in previous Advisors, the revised statute expands the concept of “equal pay for equal work” to a “comparable worth” model that requires [...]
A continuance without a finding (CWOF) received by a Boston Police candidate as a teenager, was not a reasonable justification for his bypass ten years later. Finklea v. Massachusetts Civil Service Commission, et al., Civil Action No. [...]
Both employers and unions are waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME. The issue in the case is whether public sector unions can compel workers who have declined to become members to pay [...]