Legal Advisories

MTA’s Legal Services Division provides legal advice and guidance on matters of interest to MTA affiliates and members.

Legal memo following Janus decision

Legal Memo

Student Walkouts

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.

Student Walkouts

PARCC Security Agreement

Whether members should sign the PARCC security agreement.

PARCC Security Agreement

Application of State Minimum Wage in Public Sector

Whether the state minimum wage law applies to municipal or state employees.

Minimum Wage

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.

Educator Free Speech Protections

PARCC Opt-Out

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.

PARCC Opt-Out