The MHTL 2019 Labor & Employment Law Update took place April 25th with Kier Wachterhauser, Sarah Spatafore, Nan O’Neill and Michael Maccaro presenting to 250 employer attendees. The topics included: important cases coming out of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Judicial Court addressing Wage Act damage, overtime exemptions, discrimination laws and arbitration agreements. In addition, the effect of the NLRB on Non-Union and Union Workplaces, detailed overview of the non-competition agreement reform in Massachusetts, implementation of the new MA Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML), intersection of the often overlapping Massachusetts Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and best practice for background checks. Mike Maccaro spoke on the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts with discussions surrounding the best practices of pre-employment testing and random drug testing and lead the crystal ball discussion along with Nan O’Neill, Kathy Murphy and Sarah Spatafore.
It was a great event and as one attendee said “I wouldn’t miss attending. It continues to be the best labor employment update I attend.” Meg Swire Director of Personnel for Colonial Wholesale Beverage
The MCLE (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education) sponsored an eLecture where Mary Ellen Sowyrda, a partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, presented. Alongside Ms. Sowyrda was Daniel Ahearn, Esq., and Marlies Spanjaard from the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), school authorities are required to conduct Manifestation Determination when it comes to discipling a student with disabilities. Their presentation, titled “How to Handle Manifestation Determination Reviews for Students with Disabilities”, focused Read More
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) which provides for a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package. State and local governments, and also many educational entities, will receive substantial funding. Having endured the last year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, both states and local governments, as well as schools, have experienced unexpected expenses, losses in revenues, and budgetary burdens. The purpose of this Client Alert is to explain generally how funds from the ARPA relief aid have been designated to alleviate those COVID-19-related challenges.