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2019 Labor & Employment Law Update

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

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Murphy. Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Advisor, Thomas Jorling Pens the Attack on the Rule of Law

  Tom Jorling, is an attorney, advisor to MHTL, former co-drafter of the Clean Air and Water Act and former Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation under Governor Mario Cuomo. Tom Jorling served under 4 presidents, including Deputy Director of the Environmental Agency. Mr. Jorling was the recipient of the inaugural Boston College Law School Public Interest Law Foundation Distinction in Public Service Award in April 2019. Thomas Jorling pens the article below on the attack of the Rule Read More

Legal Updates

Expansion of Federal Protections for LGBT Workers

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a historic 6-3 decision authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, in which the Court held that employers cannot discriminate against an individual on the basis of the individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. This case, Bostock v. Clayton County, was a consolidation of three cases, involving two gay men, who were terminated based on their sexual orientation, and one transgender woman, who was terminated based on her gender identity.

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