Meteorological spring is in less than a month! These last gasps of winter, though, will provide you with plenty of time to peruse the latest articles on the Miyares and Harrington blog. We welcome new Reading Town Manager Fidel Maltez and look forward to developing the supportive working relationship we currently share with Town staff. Welcome Fidel! MCLE will once again host the annual Municipal Law Conference on Wednesday, March 16th. From 1:45 to 2:45 pm, Donna Brewer will
The privacy exemption contained in the Public Records Law was amended in 2020, in a manner that many may have thought was minor at the time, but since has been interpreted to be a major change. M.G.L. c.4, §7, cl.26(c) formerly excluded from public records: personnel and medical files or information; also any other materials or data relating to a specifically named individual, the disclosure of which may constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. (emphasis added)
In Boston Clear Water Co., LLC v. Lynnfield, the Massachusetts Appeals Court examined the effect of a local conservation commission’s failure to hold a timely public hearing on a notice of intent under M.G. L. c.131, §40, the Wetlands Protection Act. Observing that it was constrained by the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in Oyster Creek Preservation, Inc. v. Conservation Comm’n of Harwich, 449 Mass. 859 (2007), the Appeals Court concluded that the local conservation commis
- The Interplay of M.G.L. c.32 and M.G.L. c.152 Under M.G.L. c.152, the Worker Compensation statute, worker compensation benefits are supplemented by vacation and sick pay. In 2018, however, the Supreme Judicial Court held that this supplemental sick and vacation pay does not constitute “regular compensation” for the purposes of determining the effective date of retirement under M.G.L. c.32. Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission v. Contributory Retirement Appea
The Division of Local Services is continuing its recent efforts to update its Informational Guideline Releases. IGR-2022-1 explains adjustments made to a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion when premiums are received in connection with the debt, as well as when surplus funds remain after the purpose of the borrowing is completed. IGR-2022-2 is a comprehensive summary of borrowing purposes and debt issuance procedures.