In case you may have missed this, all businesses have to let you know ANY negative notations they put in your file.
“Managers have long known that establishing a paper trail about bad behavior before an employee is fired can be powerful protection against litigation.
But imagine if the employee in question were notified by a supervisor about each and every negative slip of paper that was placed in his or her personnel file?
In Massachusetts, that’s exactly what’s required of employers under the state’s newly amended Personnel Records Law.
Under the amended law, employers are required to notify an employee within 10 days of the employer placing in the employee’s personnel record any negative information. The amendment was nestled in the 134-page economic development bill — which was signed by Gov. Deval Patrick on August 5 and is meant to stimulate job growth among small businesses.
Read more: Law mandates employee notification – Boston Business Journal
Not to be lost in last night’s School Committee meeting is the fact that two long time private sports organizations have stepped up to help out with funds to hire some assistant coaches.
The Greater Lowell Road Runners gave $7,000 to hire a junior varsity cross-country coach, and The New Wave Swim Club donated $2,200 for a coach for the girls swim team. The girls swim team had been in fear of losing its diving team due to budget constraints.
It is always great news when some private groups help out and both of these long time clubs should be applauded and lauded for their donations.
I Give the Lowell Committee a ton of credit. They realize that the projected budget for 2011/2012 may be more dire than this year if all predictions come true, so they said NO to spending any of the Federal Money earmarked for Lowell in this calendar year and instead will hold it for next year to try and keep cuts to a minimum.
Saving money is never an easy thing to do and with so many library/media specialist being eliminated they easily could have brought them back but realizing that if they did they would be forced in all likelihood to cut them next year, they stood firm and said No to spending any money.
It no doubt was a hard choice but I believe the right choice and the members who supported it 5-2 Jackie Doherty, Alison Laraba, Jim Leary, Connie Martin and the Mayor should be commended by the Manager, City Council and taxpayers for taking a stand for fiscal responsibility.
I was impressed with and cheering on Jackie Doherty when she said NO to funding any more money for athletics. When she stated” We know we overpay our coaches and they (meaning the Union) have offered no concessions. We have to hold firm and hold our stand or we weaken our positions in negotiations” (or words to that effect). It showed me that maybe finally we have a majority of school committee members willing to go toe to toe with Paul Georges and get somethings back from this Union which has given very little back while watching other unions take furloughs and make concessions. They will not give into temptation or intimidation and held firm.
This School Committee is facing two Major challenges in the upcoming year along with having to run for re-election. They need to negotiate a new teachers contract and need to resign Supt. Scott without giving her to big a raise.
That is not an easy task and they still must deal with the everyday events of the Lowell School Dept. For today at least I give them huge props and credit for being financially wise and holding the funds for next year.