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Supreme Court to Consider Whether Public Officials May Constitutionally Block Social Media Users

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review two apparently conflicting lower court decisions involving the question whether public officials are acting in their capacity as government officials when they block critics on their personal social media accounts. If so, this would implicate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right of […]

Attorney Ann Marie Noonan to Present at MMA Statewide Meeting

Attorney Ann Marie Noonan will present at the Massachusetts Municipal Councillors’ Association (MMA) Statewide Meeting on April 27, 2023.  Ann Marie will be presenting on engaging with constituents and others on social media from both a professional account as well as a personal account and understanding the risks and requirements of such engagement and how […]

Liz Valerio Recognized as Outstanding Massachusetts Woman by Massachusetts Association of School Committees

Valerio Dominello & Hillman congratulates Liz Valerio who was recognized as one of the “Women Who Made – and are Making – a Difference for MA Schools” as part of the MASC’s March Bulletin in honor of Women’s History Month. For the full bulletin, please click here.

Supreme Judicial Court Upholds City of Boston’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Against Challenge by Three Unions

On March 30, 2023, the Supreme Judicial Court issued a decision that clarifies a public employer’s bargaining obligations under G. L. Chapter 150E in the context of a public health emergency – here, the rapid onset of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in late 2021. In Boston Firefighters Union, Local 718 v. City of Boston, […]

Attorney Jen King to Present at MASBO April Law Institute

Attorney Jen King will present at the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials (MASBO) April Law Institute on April 12, 2023.  Jen will discuss student discipline law changes.  For full details on the agenda, please click here.  

Governor Healey Extends Remote Meeting Flexibility For Public Bodies

On March 29, 2023, Governor Maura Healey signed into law a bill that extends the temporary provisions pertaining to the Open Meeting Law through March 31, 2025. Specifically, this extension allows public bodies to continue holding meetings remotely without a quorum of the public body physically present at a meeting location. Public bodies that meet […]

NLRB Finds that Broad Confidentiality and Non-Disparagement Clauses in Severance Agreements Violate the Federal NLRA

On February 21, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a decision in McLaren Macomb, 372 NLRB No. 58 (2023). The decision held that overly broad confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions unlawfully interfere with rights guaranteed by the federal National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). The Board’s decision significantly restricts employers’ use of non-disparagement and confidentiality […]

Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Select Board’s Civility Policy for Public Comment Sessions Violates the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights

On March 7, 2023 the Supreme Judicial Court issued a decision in Barron v. Kolenda, No. SJC-13284. The decision held that a policy of the Southborough Select Board that imposed civility requirements on speakers at the Board’s public comment sessions during its open meetings violated two provisions of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article […]

Attorneys Liz Valerio and Nick Dominello to Present at Annual MASPA Law Day

Attorneys Liz Valerio and Nick Dominello will present at the annual School Law Day conference of the Massachusetts Association of Personnel Administrators (MASPA) on March 17, 2023.  Liz and Nick will discuss employee conflicts and leaves, including paid parental leave.

Ann Marie Noonan to Present at Massachusetts Municipal Association (“MMA”) Webinar

On Tuesday, March 7, 2023 Ann Marie will present at the MMA webinar.  Ann Marie will be on a panel discussing legal considerations for social media policies and practices for municipalities and their governing bodies. MMA to host social media best practices webinar on March 7   MMA webinar covers social media best practices for […]