Federal Court gives green light to secretly record police and government officials

A Massachusetts Federal District Court judge this week has ruled that it is ok to secretly record police officers and other government officials performing their duities in public. In doing so, the Court concluded that wiretapping charges levied against such offending individuals are unconstitutional. While it is not unexpected that we have come to this point given the widespread available technology, some very disturbing warnings lie within the 44 page court ruling.

In making her ruling, the judge stated ...

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Nolan | Perroni wins Corrections Arbitration over Settlement Agreement – Instructive Decision for Labor Representatives

NP Attorney Gary Nolan recently won an important arbitration case on behalf of NEPBA Local 550, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Correctional Officers Association. The employer has on multiple occasions attempted to prevent the member from having his termination case heard on the merits. This NEPBA win allows the member’s case to finally go forward.

The decision is interesting, particularly for those labor leaders who negotiate settlement agreements with employers, as the arbitrator sets forth important drafting concerns and legal ...

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Nolan | Perroni wins Discipline Arbitration – Suspension of Northampton Police Lt. Overturned. Internal affairs investigation determined to lack professional competence.

An arbitrator recently overturned the suspension of Northampton Police Lt. Al Borowski, a member of NEPBA Local 187. In doing so, the arbitrator was highly critical of the internal affairs investigation that was conducted jointly by the Northampton Police Department and a private, 3rd party internal investigation company.
NP Attorney Gary Nolan represented the NEPBA and Lt. Borowski.

Lt. Borowski was originally disciplined for his conduct in removing medication from the Department’s medicine disposal box and depositing it into the ...

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