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Tougher Than Ever To Use Criminal History To Reject Applicant For Employment

© Ekaterina79 | Dreamstime.com The already restrictive Massachusetts law limiting the use of criminal offender record information (“CORI”) in the hiring process has become more restrictive. The “look back” for criminal misdemeanor convictions is now three (3) years instead of five (5), and Employers cannot ask about sealed or expunged records at all. [...]

2019-01-17T15:53:27-04:00January 5th, 2019|Categories: Employment, Uncategorized|

SJC Allows Reinstatement of Police Officer Who Made “Intentionally Misleading” But Not False Statements

A fired Pittsfield police officer who made statements in a report that were “intentionally misleading” but not false, was reinstated after the SJC ruled that an arbitrator’s ruling can only be overturned if an officer’s deception leads to false  charges. City of Pittsfield, 2018 WL 4762406 (2018). In this case, the officer was fired for [...]

2019-01-17T15:29:58-04:00November 17th, 2018|Categories: Employment|Tags: , , , |

Civil Service Commission Weighs In On “Acting” Time

The Commission recently issued a decision that may impact promotional list(s) and upcoming promotions if you have a promotion list resulting from the November 2017 Fire Lieutenant and Captain promotional examination. In Borjeson et al v. HRD, the Commission ordered HRD to include “acting” time in the scoring of Education and Experience (E/E) for all candidates who passed the [...]

2019-01-17T15:39:39-04:00October 17th, 2018|Categories: Employment|Tags: , , |

Legislature Relaxes No Smoking Law For Firefighters and Police Officers

It was a windfall for Police Officers and Firefighters in the most recent session of the State Legislature and it came at the expense of Employers and consistency in the law. In our September Advisor, we told you about the law taking effect October 22 under which a Firefighter will get the benefit of the cancer presumption--something previously only [...]

2019-01-17T15:34:57-04:00October 17th, 2018|Categories: Employment|Tags: , , , |

Legislature Relaxes No Smoking Law For Firefighters and Police Officers

It was a windfall for Police Officers and Firefighters in the most recent session of the State Legislature and it came at the expense of Employers and consistency in the law. In our September Advisor, we told you about the law taking effect October 22 under which a Firefighter will get the benefit of the [...]

2018-10-29T13:58:52-04:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Employment|Tags: , , |

Civil Service Commission Weighs In On “Acting” Time

The Commission recently issued a decision that may impact promotional list(s) and upcoming promotions if you have a promotion list resulting from the November 2017 Fire Lieutenant and Captain promotional examination. In Borjeson et al v. HRD, the Commission ordered HRD to include “acting” time in the scoring of Education and Experience (E/E) for all [...]

2018-10-29T14:04:29-04:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Employment|Tags: , , |

Cancer Presumption Expands to 111F: Can the Employer Demand Bargaining?

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 a long list of cancers is presumptively entitled to injured leave pay under MGL c. 41, §111F, and medical reimbursement (§100). To [...]

2018-09-13T18:51:06-04:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Employment|

New DESE Home and Hospital Education Form

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 changes to the form are intended to: improve the physician’s authorization process by narrowing the scope of orders to comply [...]

2018-09-13T18:31:04-04:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Education|Tags: , , , |

Revised Equal Pay Act Now In Effect

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 equal pay for jobs that are deemed comparable because they require substantially similar skill, effort, and responsibility, and are performed under [...]

2018-09-13T18:42:27-04:00September 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog, Employment|

DLR Upholds Principal’s Protection Of Employees From Member’s “Protected Activity”

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 insubordination, charged the Committee with interfering with her right to seek mutual aid and protection from the Union when the Principal further [...]

2018-09-13T18:54:31-04:00May 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Education|Tags: , , |