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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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Sarah Spatafore of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Promoted to Partner

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP is pleased to announce Sarah Spatafore’s promotion to Partner. Sarah is a leader of the firm’s labor and employment practice, where she represents both public and private clients in the areas of labor and employment. With a focus on preventative counseling, problem resolution and workplace solutions, Sarah partners with her clients in ensuring effective employee relations. Sarah also regularly represents her clients in matters relating to collective bargaining, grievances, arbitrations, and before courts and Read More

Legal Updates

NLRB Allows Employers to Stop Deducting Union Dues when CBA Expires

On December 16, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a decision, Valley Hospital Medical Center, Inc. d/b/a Valley Hospital Medical Center, regarding an employer’s right to unilaterally stop deducting union dues at the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”). The Board initially permitted employers to stop collecting union dues after a CBA’s expiration in a 1962 decision called Bethlehem Steel. However, in 2015, the NLRB reversed course in a case titled Lincoln Lutheran of Racine.

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