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sign aboutMurphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP is a multi-service law firm based in Quincy, Boston, and Springfield, Massachusetts. One of the 50 largest firms in Massachusetts, our years of experience and resources offer clients throughout New England and nationally a wide range of legal services while maintaining a “hands-on touch” that is important in Client-Attorney relationships. To provide this kind of service, we established a multi-service firm comprised of skilled practitioners from a variety of fields. This enables us to bring to our clients the breadth of experience and depth of knowledge required for complex cases. Our broad resources and technology enable us to represent clients in a comprehensive and cost efficient manner.

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A Hazy Situation - Marijuana and the Workplace: Current Law and Challenges Facing Today's Employers

Arthur Murphy, Kier Wachterhauser and Sarah Catignani recently published an article regarding the use of marijuana in the workplace in the September/October 2014 issue of HR Advisor. The proliferation of state laws legalizing the use of marijuana has the potential to create a bit of a hangover for employers.  Employers and HR professionals must carefully monitor both legislation and case law as it continues to develop in this area.  One thing is certain, this is an area where litigation will occur.  Planning ahead is critical to remaining in front of the curve.  Adapting policies now and crafting plans for addressing medical marijuana in the workplace will, at a minimum, ensure fair and consistent treatment of employees and provide your workforce with a greater level of predictability in this changing environment.

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Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac Tax on High Cost Health Plans Delayed Two Years

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed and President Obama signed a federal budget bill for 2016, including $1.1 trillion in spending and $622 billion in taxes.  Also attached to the budget bill were several changes to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), most notably a two-year delay in implementation of the so-called “Cadillac Tax.”  The ACA changes took effect immediately upon the bill’s signing.

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