Author: William R. Connon

HOW DOES LAST BEST OFFER INTEREST ARBITRATION WORK WHEN THE STATE HAS NOT ADOPTED ITS BUDGET?

According to the State Department of Education, approximately 100 Connecticut school districts are scheduled to engage in negotiations with teacher and/or administrator bargaining units by the end of December, 2017. As those of you who are familiar with the Teacher Negotiation Act understand, these contracts are supposed to be resolved by agreement, or through last…

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Pullman & Comley’s 2016-17 Superintendents’ Legal Issues Forum – Session Two Recap

The second meeting of Pullman & Comley’s 2016-17 Superintendents’ Legal Issues Forum was held on November 10, 2016. It had, as its primary focus, a roundtable discussion concerning the impact of amendments to the student expulsion statute which will take effect August 15, 2017.  (See P.A. 16-147, Sec.12 and C.G.S. Section 10-233d(d)).  Attorney Melinda Kaufmann…

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Pullman & Comley’s 2016-17 Superintendents’ Legal Issues Forum – Session One Recap

Pullman & Comley’s 2016-17 Superintendents’ Legal Issues Forum got off to a great start with a thought provoking presentation by Mark Sommaruga and Zach Schurin regarding a summary of 2016 Connecticut legislative enactments affecting public schools. The three Public Acts that received the most attention were: (1)  Public Act 16-67 regarding employee background checks; (2) …

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Post-Friedrichs, The Agency Fee Ground Is Still Shaking Mightily, But For A Different Reason

Agency fee contract provisions in collective bargaining agreements that require public sector bargaining unit employees, as a condition of employment, to pay the union for the cost of contract administration, grievance adjustment and collective bargaining, passed constitutional muster in the 1977 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education (431 U.S. 209, 97…

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Pullman & Comley’s Second Annual Statewide Education Law Conference – February 26, 2016

Pullman & Comley’s School Law Practice would like to invite you to our second annual statewide seminar, “Learning Together: Recent Developments in the Law and Practical Solutions for Connecticut’s Public Schools” on February 26, 2016. This half-day program will cover trends in collective bargaining, school district budgets, the Teacher Tenure Act, legal considerations affecting transgender students, and many…

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Christmas Turkey Tales

There once was a company by the name of Aeronca, Inc. which was engaged in the manufacture of aircraft components. Some of its employees were represented by Local 2535 of District Lodge 13 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO. Unfortunately, poor financial conditions one year prompted the company to institute a…

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Disciplinary Investigations of Employees – Three Names to Know

Whenever an employer is considering disciplining an employee for misconduct, three names from 1967, 1975 and 1985 continue to be associated with employer investigations and interrogations, in much the same way that Mr. Miranda’s name (since 1966) is associated with criminal interrogations.  The three names are: Weingarten, Loudermill, and Garrity.  These names are still very…

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Pullman & Comley’s Inaugural Statewide Education Law Conference (February 27, 2015)

Pullman & Comley’s School Law Practice is pleased to invite you to our first annual statewide seminar, “Key Trends in Education Law for 2015: What You Need to Know.” This half-day program will feature developments in the Freedom of Information Act, trends in collective bargaining, legal Issues involving student “sexting” and related misconduct, bullying and…

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Last Best Offer Teacher Arbitration Hearings Can Take Place In Private, Says the Connecticut Supreme Court

In Connecticut, employees who engage in public sector collective bargaining with a board of education employer, fall into two categories: (1) those covered by the Teacher Negotiation Act (“TNA”),  i.e., teachers and administrators; and (2) those covered by the Municipal Employee Relations Act (“MERA”), i.e., all other bargaining units.  Both the TNA and the MERA…

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Doe v. Wolcott: Child Abuse Mandated Reporters and School District Liability

Connecticut General Statute Section 17a-101a sets forth 1) the obligation of certain school employees to report to the Department of Children and Families whenever they have reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect. and 2) the penalties (both civil and criminal) for a “mandated reporter” for failing to make such a report. A question that…

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