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
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, Partner Katherine Hesse gave a plenary presentation on Recent Developments in ERISA on Friday September 16 to members of the Group Legal Services Association (“GLSA”) at its annual meeting in New Orleans. Among the topics she emphasized were what employers/plan sponsors need to know in the aftermath of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade and lessons from the Court’s decision in Hughes and other class action litigation as to factors to consider Read More
On August 12, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker signed S. 3096, “An act relative to equity in the cannabis industry,” (“Act”) into law. The Act reforms Massachusetts’s existing marijuana laws, particularly with respect to host community agreements (“HCAs”), community impact fees (“CIFs”), and social consumption sites (e.g. marijuana cafes). The Act empowers the Cannabis Control Commission (“Commission”), the state regulatory agency, to exert greater control over HCAs and their CIFs. Municipalities levy CIFs on cannabis businesses to account for the costs they impose on the municipality as a result of their operations. Additionally, the Act allows municipalities to permit on-premises social consumption of marijuana at designated sites. Other notable provisions of the Act include the new Social Equity Trust Fund (“Trust Fund”), changes to the tax law regarding cannabis businesses, and various provisions concerning those persons and communities most impacted by the prior illegality of marijuana usage and sale. Governor Baker vetoed only one section of the final bill: the provision calling on the state to conduct a study of medical marijuana usage in schools.