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Sankey Law Wins Recent BSEA Hearing that Will Impact How Attendance Policies Are Applied to Students with Disabilities Under Section 504

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Sankey Law Offices recently prevailed in a hearing at the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) that will substantially impact the manner in which schools apply their attendance policies to students with ...

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Non-Compete Agreements – A New Era in Massachusetts

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A new era for non-compete agreements in Massachusetts will begin on October 1, 2018. Non-compete agreements are defined as, “Agreement[s] between an employer and an employee, or otherwise arising out of an existing or ...

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CRA Petitions for Children with Disabilities – Are They Proper?

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In an important opinion released on February 6, 2018, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) made clear that the truancy provisions of the Children Requiring Assistance (CRA) statute must not be applied to children ...

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Attorney Katie Meinelt joins Sankey Law Offices

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Sankey Law Offices, P.C. is happy to announce that Katie Meinelt has recently joined the firm. Katie was previously a partner at Stoneman, Chandler & Miller LLP where she represented public schools and charter schools ...

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Massachusetts Passes Law that Increases Workplace Protections for Pregnant Employees

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On July 27, 2017, the Massachusetts legislature signed The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”), which will take effect on April 1, 2018. The PWFA amends Massachusetts’ discrimination statute (MGL c. 151B) to prohibit ...

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Heightened FAPE Standard Announced by the Supreme Court

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As the new school year begins, it’s important to keep in mind the new Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) standard introduced by the United States Supreme Court earlier this year. On January 11, 2017, the Supreme ...

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Police Officer Conduct in School Settings Addressed By Supreme Judicial Court

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On August 29, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced a decision that required the court to balance an individual’s right to be free from unreasonable searches on school property against the public’s ...

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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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