Author: Zachary D. Schurin

City of Waterbury v. Connecticut Alliance of City Police — A New Standard of Impartiality for Arbitrators in Interest Arbitrations?

The Superior Court’s decision in City of Waterbury v. Connecticut Alliance of City Police, could mark the emergence of a new standard of impartiality for party-selected arbitrators in Municipal Employee Relations Act [“MERA”] interest arbitrations.  In the decision, Superior Court Judge Brazzel-Massaro disqualified a union attorney from sitting on a MERA interest arbitration panel after the…

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Deleted E-Mails? What Happens to the CCJEF Litigation Now?

This one should be pretty obvious, but for the record, it’s never a good idea to destroy potential evidence. For better or worse, however, it looks like the possible destruction of evidence will now be the focal point of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding’s [“CCJEF”] long-running case against the State of Connecticut. …

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2014 Legislative Update

At the start of every school-year, Pullman & Comley’s School Law section attorneys publish a summary of new Connecticut legislation impacting Connecticut schools and public-sector employers.  Our 2014 legislative summary, which we released in August is available here for your convenience.  While in comparison to recent years 2014 was relatively modest in terms of education-law…

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How Will The State Department of Education’s New Charter School Oversight Policies Be Implemented?

On August 11, 2014, the State Department of Education [“SDE”] announced via a press release  that it would immediately implement a series of policy changes designed to “ensure that all charter schools, operate according to high standards of educational excellence, organizational governance, accountability, and transparency.” These policy changes follow what can best be described as…

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School Paraprofessionals Will Now Be Eligible For FMLA Leave Once They Have Worked 950 Hours After May 12, 2014

On May 12, 2014, the Connecticut Secretary of State’s website posted the Department of Labor’s Family and Medical Leave for School Paraprofessionals final regulations.  Under the new regulations, Connecticut school districts will now be required to provide paraprofessionals with FMLA leave benefits once they have worked 950 hours after the May 12, 2014 date of…

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General Assembly Passes Campus Sexual Assault Bill

On April 29, 2014, the State Senate unanimously passed House Bill 5029, An Act Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus. Two weeks earlier the House of Representatives passed the same version of the bill, so the bill now awaits Governor Malloy’s signature. (To date, Governor Malloy has not indicated whether or…

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Regulation Review Committee Ready To Consider New Paraprofessional FMLA Regulations

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Legislative Regulation Review Committee will consider the Department of Labor’s proposed paraprofessional Family Medical Leave Act, or “FMLA” regulations at its April 22, 2014 meeting. Consideration by the Regulation Review Committee is one of the last steps in Connecticut’s regulatory approval process, and, barring the unforeseen, it seems very likely that…

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Transgender Students and Communal School Bathrooms: Doe V. Regional School Unit 26

How can Connecticut schools best accommodate transgender students? While it is fair to say that this is not the sort of question that most superintendents, college administrators and board of education members would have been asking themselves fifty, or even five, years ago, society has evolved, and, consequently, so have educators’ legal obligations.  According to…

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Please Join Us At Pullman & Comley’s April 3rd “Strengthening Your Business With LGBT Diversity” Panel Discussion

On April 3rd, 2014, Pullman & Comley will host a panel discussion on how employers can strengthen their businesses through workplace diversity practices that promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (“LGBT”).  While many leading corporations throughout the country recognize employee diversity as a key part of their business strategies, LGBT professionals both in Connecticut and…

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Common Core Testing Opt-Out…..Is it Legal?

Connecticut’s roll-out of the Common Core State Standards has been, to put it mildly, controversial.  Critics of Common Core have decried what they perceive as the loss of local pedagogical control in favor of state and federal “Big Brotherism”.  Another sore spot is Common Core’s supposed emphasis on non-fiction texts over the tried and true…

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