Category Archives: Supreme Court Rulings

CT SUPREME COURT WEEDS OUT APPEAL AGAINST RE-HIRE OF POT SMOKING STATE EMPLOYEE

A state employee was fired for smoking marijuana during work hours in a state vehicle on state property. Sounds reasonable, right? If you answered yes, a recent decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court may surprise you. Less than two hours into his 4pm to midnight shift at the University of Connecticut Health Center, a state… Read More »

MAY FREE SPEECH BE RESTRICTED AT PUBLIC MEETINGS?

A parent claims that his right to freedom of speech was trampled upon at a board of education meeting when he was denied the ability to read a letter in open session he had previously emailed to individual board members. The parent then insisted that the written statement be put on the board agenda for… Read More »

SUPREME COURT: EMPLOYER CAN’T PUNISH EMPLOYEE FOR (NOT) EXERCISING 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Last week the Supreme Court issued an important decision protecting First Amendment rights. Heffernan v. City of Paterson involved the following facts: Jeffrey Heffernan, a detective in the City of Paterson, New Jersey police department, picked up a lawn sign from a distribution point for the campaign of the mayoral candidate running against the incumbent… Read More »

SPLIT SUPREME COURT HANDS PUBLIC SECTOR LABOR UNIONS MAJOR VICTORY

Public sector labor unions were handed a big win by the U.S. Supreme Court last month. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association involved the issue of whether public sector unions could collect fees from workers who chose not to join the union and did not want to pay for the union’s collective bargaining activities. The rationale… Read More »

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