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Attorney Sankey Recently Quoted by Quincy Patriot Ledger on Police Dogs and Probable Cause to Search

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Attorney Jeffrey Sankey was recently quoted by The Quincy Patriot Ledger in an article discussing how Massachusetts’ gradual legalization of marijuana has rendered police dogs trained to detect the smell of marijuana ...

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Supreme Court Hears Service Dog Case

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Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), individuals claiming a violation of IDEA must exhaust administrative proceedings before bringing a case against a school district in federal court. But what ...

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What Are Related Services for Special Education?

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that governs special education. Children who are eligible to receive special education services are eligible to receive both (1) special education and ...

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What is an IEP Team and Who are its Members?

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Similar to athletic teams, an Individualized Education Plan  team (“team”) is comprised of persons who hold specific roles. A team generally includes the following individuals: Parents of the child with the disability At ...

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United States Supreme Court to Consider Whether to Adopt a Heightened FAPE Standard

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For the first time since 1982, the United States Supreme Court will consider what level of educational benefit a school must deliver to a student receiving special education services in order to meet the Free and Appropriate ...

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What Impairments are Considered ‘Disabilities’ for Special Education Purposes in Massachusetts?

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Are you wondering whether your child has a disability that may qualify him or her for special education services? The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – the federal law that governs special education ...

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Who Qualifies for Special Education Services?

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When your child demonstrates academic, social or emotional difficulties at school, you may wonder whether he or she might need special education services. How is a child found eligible for such services? The Individuals with ...

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Pregnant Women Are Protected from Discrimination at Work

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In Massachusetts, pregnant women are considered members of a protected class under anti-discrimination laws. Because pregnancy is linked to sex, discrimination based on pregnancy is considered a form of sex discrimination ...

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Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act

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Although having a baby is an exciting time in many people’s lives, it is not uncommon for employees to struggle with how to tell an employer that they are expecting. Employees are often concerned with how they will be ...

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Family Medical Leave Act

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Many employees face the challenge of balancing the demands of their job with the need to care for their family. The Family Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, was created in order to help employees who find themselves in this ...

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