MERO News and Updates


MERO UPDATE:   The MERO’s offices have been consolidated at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. The new mailing address is: MERO, MPTN, MPMRC, 110 Pequot Trail, P.O. Box 3180, Mashantucket, CT 06338-3180. There is no change to the telephone numbers or e-mail addresses. Please make certain that MERO or MERO Director Ursula L. Haerter appears in the address to assure correct delivery. The MERO is in the process of updating its materials to reflect the correct mailing address. (Posted October 5, 2017)


PREFERENCE LAW UPDATE:   The Request for Key Designation Form has been revised and is available under "Preference Law Forms and Guidance" under "Forms for Employer Use". After August 3, 2015, please use the form with the date 07-15-15 in the bottom right hand corner. (Posted August 5, 2015)


PREFERENCE LAW UPDATE:   The Request for Key Designation Form is now available in "Preference Law Forms and Guidance" under "Forms for Employer Use" (Posted May 20, 2015)



ATTENTION CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS:   The current list of construction contractors identifying as Native American has been updated on the MERO website in the Preference Law Forms and Guidance Section:, called Native American Contractors. (Posted January 16, 2015)



ATTENTION CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS:   The following documents have been added to the MERO website in the Preference Law Forms and Guidance Section: Notice and Certification of Eligibility to Bid on Construction Work as a Native American Contractor.for Native American contractors interested in construction opportunities on the Reservation to request addition to a list made available through the website and otherwise, and the current list of construction contractors identifying as Native American, called Native American Contractors. (Posted January 13, 2015)



ATTENTION NATIVE AMERICAN CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS:    The MERO invites Native American construction contractors interested in work opportunities on the Reservation to identify themselves. For additional information, please click on the following link, Notice and Certification of Eligibility to Bid on Construction Work as a Native American Contractor. (Posted November 17, 2014)



LABOR LAW UPDATE:   The status of MERO annual licensing of Union business agents is now available in the Business Agent Licensing section of the MPLRL forms and guidance. (Posted November 4, 2014)



LABOR & PREFERENCE LAW UPDATE:   Please be advised for purposes of filing Tribal Court appeals of MERO decisions that the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court has moved to 101 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06338-3126 (Public Safety Building) The court's mailing address has not changed: P.O. Box 3126, Mashantucket, CT 06338-3126. (Posted November 12, 2013)



LABOR LAW UPDATE:   The extended deadline for submission of written comments to the MERO Revised Draft Recommended Revisions to the MPLRL is Friday, September 13, 2013. The most recent additional revisions are noted in the comments of the copy dated June 7, 2013, with changes tracked, here. A clean copy of the draft amended law may be found here. A summary compilation of comments received by the MERO may be found here. Only written comments to this most recent draft will be forwarded to the Judicial Committee with the MERO's recommendations; therefore, any comments previously submitted in any form that are applicable to the current draft must be resubmitted on or before Friday, September 13, 2013. (Posted September 10, 2013)



LABOR LAW UPDATE:   The deadline for submission of written comments to the MERO Revised Draft Recommended Revisions to the MPLRL has been extended to Thursday, August 29, 2013. The most recent additional revisions are noted in the comments of the copy dated June 7, 2013, with changes tracked, here. A clean copy of the draft amended law may be found here. A summary compilation of comments received by the MERO may be found here. This comment period will be the final opportunity for the public to share comments and proposed changes with the MERO. In order to avoid confusion, only written comments to this most recent draft will be forwarded to the Judicial Committee with the MERO's recommendations; therefore, any comments previously submitted in any form that are applicable to the current draft must be resubmitted on or before Thursday, August 29, 2013. (Posted July 26, 2013)



LABOR LAW UPDATE:   The MERO Revised Draft Recommended Revisions to the MPLRL dated June 7, 2013, are now available for public comment. The most recent additional revisions are noted in the comments of the copy with changes tracked here. A clean copy of the draft amended law may be found here. A summary compilation of comments received by the MERO may be found here. Written comments may be submitted to the MERO on or before Thursday, July 25, 2013. This comment period will be the final opportunity for the public to share comments and proposed changes with the MERO. In order to avoid confusion, only written comments to this most recent draft will be forwarded to the Judicial Committee with the MERO's recommendations; therefore, any comments previously submitted in any form that are applicable to the current draft must be resubmitted on or before Thursday, July 25, 2013. (Posted June 10, 2013)



LABOR LAW UPDATE:   The deadline for submission of comments to the MERO regarding the MERO draft Recommended Revisions to the MPLRL dated May 17, 2012, has been extended for one week, through the close of business on Monday, July 9, 2012. Additional extensions of time are not likely to be provided. The draft Recommended Revisions are available for public comment here. Comments may be submitted in any form to the MERO Director on or before July 9, 2012. Comments submitted in writing will be provided to the Judicial Committee with the MERO's final recommendations. Please note that extensions of time for submission of comments to the MERO regarding draft laws or regulations will not be granted on an individualized basis. (Posted July 3, 2012)



LABOR LAW UPDATE:   The MERO Draft Recommended Revisions to the MPLRL dated May 17, 2012, are now available for public comment here. Comments may be submitted in any form to the MERO Director on or before July 2, 2012. Comments submitted in writing will be provided to the Judicial Committee with the MERO's final recommendations. (Posted May 17, 2012)



PREFERENCE LAW UPDATE:   The Preference Law has been amended. The amendments include conforming the definition of a Tribal Spouse to be consistent with other Tribal laws, allowing certain intradepartmental promotions as an exception to affording preference, broadening the option for mediation of claims, authorizing the MERO to issue interim orders, prohibiting retaliation against individuals who exercise their rights under the law and imposing a filing fee for Tribal Court appeals. Please review the amended law in the Preference Law section of the web site for all the changes. With the exception of the definition of "spouse," which is retroactive, the changes are effective as of enactment on January 26, 2012. (Posted March 12, 2012)



LABOR LAW UPDATE:   The MPLRL Prohibited Practice Procedures Manual has been updated effective January 20, 2011, including revision to comply with amendments to the law and updated form numbering, new Section 5.1.1 to clarify a presiding officer's authority and new Section 7.9 addressing withdrawals. (Posted January 20, 2011)



PREFERENCE LAW UPDATE:   Employers subject to the Preference Law are reminded of the upcoming September 30 deadline for submission of their Employment Data Reports. The Employment Data Report Form and Instructions are available in the Preference Law Forms and Guidance section of this web site. (Posted September 14, 2010)



LABOR LAW UPDATE:   Effective June 24, 2010, Section 12(e) of the Mashantucket Pequot Labor Relations Law was amended to provide that a majority (fifty percent plus one) of votes that a labor organization must receive to prevail in an election is a majority of the votes cast in the election rather than a majority of the total eligible voters. The change is effective for all petitions filed under tribal law after June 24, 2010. (Posted July 2, 2010)




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