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Joint Statement Issued Regarding Pre-Employment Transition Services

On January 2, the DESE and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) issued a joint advisory regarding Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) offered by MRC. The advisory describes the services, who is eligible and how to refer students. MRC offers Pre-ETS to students with disabilities ages 14-21. Additional information about referrals to MRC can be found on [...]

2020-01-22T12:02:37-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Education|Tags: , , , |

CERB: City Required To Bargain Over Decision and Impact Of New Food Restrictions

You may recall from our June 2019 Advisor, that the Department of Labor Relations (DLR) in City of Boston, 45 MLC 126 (2019), issued a hearing officer decision that determined that the City’s new food guidelines for its operations room were not mandatory subjects of bargaining as they resulted in a mere inconvenience to employees. [...]

2020-01-22T12:17:36-05:00December 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Employment|Tags: , , |

DOT Clearinghouse Rules For FMCSA-Regulated Employers

Beginning January 6, 2020, employers are required to report positive drug results, alcohol test results over 0.04, refusals to test, “actual knowledge” violations, and negative return-to-duty test results to the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for employees whose position requires them to possess a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). In addition, [...]

2020-01-22T12:18:05-05:00December 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Employment|Tags: , |

CERB Rules Dedham Teacher Strike Illegal

On October 25, 2019, Dedham teachers went on a one-day strike—the first strike in Massachusetts in over a decade—in violation of state law which prohibits public employees from striking. M.G.L. c. 150E § 9(a). (“No public employee or employee organization shall engage in a strike, and no public employee or employee organization shall induce, encourage [...]

2019-11-26T16:40:31-05:00November 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Education|Tags: , , |

Ethics: Faculty Cannot Accept Rewards From Tour Companies

The State Ethics Commission (“Commission”) found that a South Hadley school employee violated the conflict of interest law by accepting travel and stipends, a form of compensation, from a tour company while performing her duties as a Trip Advisor. Beginning in 2007 through 2017, the employee organized school trips as the group leader. During this [...]

Union-Friendly Dues Act Imposes New Obligations

Overriding a veto, the Massachusetts Legislature recently passed a union-friendly Collective Bargaining Dues Act (“Act”) in response to the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME. In Janus, the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory union fees on non-members were unconstitutional in the public sector. The Act allows unions to charge non-members reasonable fees [...]

Melissa Murray Selected For 2019 Rising Star List

NMP is pleased to announce that Melissa Murray has been named on the 2019 Rising Star List in the field of Schools and Education Law by Super Lawyers, a national rating service that identifies lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 2.5% of lawyers in each state are selected [...]

2019-12-03T03:14:37-05:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Education|Tags: , , |

Commission Decision Vacated For Overstepping

In Town of Mansfield v. Civil Service Commission, the Superior Court concluded that the Commission overstepped its statutory role and made an error of law by applying the wrong legal standard in its review of the bypass decision. The Town argued and the Court agreed that the Commission impermissibly substituted its judgment for that of [...]

2019-11-26T15:14:48-05:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Employment|Tags: |