We say farewell to 2021, a year that had more than its fair share of challenges but also showed how local efforts can work wonders. We welcome the Town of Bourne to our family of client Towns! We look forward to working with the Select Board, Town Administrator, and all Town employees and volunteers to ensure success in all Town endeavors. Rather than make predictions for 2022, we wish you all good health, peace, and comfort in the face of whatever the future brings.
A justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court recently denied a request for a preliminary injunction filed by parents and citizen rights groups in response to mask mandates at schools issued and implemented by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), two municipalities, and 18 local school districts. The order in Family Freedom Endeavor, Inc. et al. v. Riley, No. 2179CV00494 (Hampden Co.) is the latest in a national trend that affirms the government’s abil
Employers in the age of COVID are moving beyond mask mandates and requiring vaccines, including boosters, as a condition of continued employment. What does this mean for an employer’s obligations to its unionized workers? In August, the Commonwealth issued a requirement that all correctional facility workers be initially vaccinated by October (either two shots by Pfizer or Moderna or one J&J shot), and receive an unspecified number of future booster shots, or face discipline
In its recent decision in Mississippi v. Tennessee, ___ U.S. ___, 142 S. Ct. 31 (Nov. 22, 2021), the U.S. Supreme Court, adjudicating a water rights dispute between two states, has for the first time determined that the doctrine of “equitable apportionment” should be applied to subsurface waters. More common in arid parts of the country, the doctrine has been developed to distribute equitably shared water resources among States with competing claims to ensure that each has an
New Quotas for Liquor Licenses The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission has updated each municipality’s quota for liquor licenses based on the 2020 census. The updated quotas may be found here. Draft Guidelines Under G.L. c. 40A, § 3A for MBTA Communities You will recall that Section 18 of Chapter 358 of the Acts of 2020 added a new Section 3A of the Zoning Act. The section requires municipalities to adopt a bylaw or ordinance that allows multi-family residences as of right