Mass. Civil Service Has No Authority To Review Leave Forfeiture

Denise Doherty has been employed by the Massachusetts State Police Department for over 20 years. From 2007 to 2012, Doherty was assigned to the Department’s certification unit, which is responsible for providing licensing services for private security, or watch guard, companies. In October 2011, Doherty began an administrative inspection of a watch guard company referred to anonymously in later court opinions as the XYZ Watch Guard Company. Doherty reviewed…

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Challenges To The ‘Public Policy’ Doctrine In Illinois

Parties to contracts such as labor agreements can choose to substitute arbitration for a court resolution of contractual disputes. With two notable exceptions, final and binding arbitration of grievances is just that: final and binding. As the Supreme Court held in United Steelworkers of America v. Enterprise Wheel & Car Corp., 363 U.S. 593 (1960), a court should not disturb a labor arbitrator’s decision unless the decision does not…

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Omissions May Amount to Untruthfulness

Patrick Stacks was a deputy sheriff with the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office in Texas. On June 21, 2013, Stacks wrote an affidavit and a report about a search of a motorist that produced methamphetamine. Both the affidavit and the report omitted any reference to a confidential informant who was present. After the motorist was arrested, the informant called an officer with whom he usually worked to relate that he…

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