MTA’s Legal Services Division provides legal advice and guidance on matters of interest to MTA affiliates and members.
Unemployment and COVID-19
Legal memo following Janus decision
In the aftermath of the shooting at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, there are many questions about what teachers can and cannot do concerning student walkouts in their own schools.
PARCC Security Agreement
Whether members should sign the PARCC security agreement.
Application of State Minimum Wage in Public Sector
Whether the state minimum wage law applies to municipal or state employees.
Educator Free-Speech Protections
The extent to which educator speech and advocacy on educational policy matters are protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as the public sector bargaining law and other statutes.
Regarding the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s authority to adopt a testing system to evaluate public school performance in the Commonwealth. This advisory also addresses the authority of local school districts to allow an “opt-out” process and to determine the consequences, if any, for students’ refusal to participate.