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Peter Mello Elected President of Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association

Congratulations to MHTL lawyer Peter Mello, who on May 15, 2019 was elected President of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association.  Formed in 1946, MMLA is the Massachusetts municipal law bar association and includes hundreds of members who provide legal services to cities, towns and for profit and non-profit organizations.  Attorney Mello’s presidency, which begins on July 1, 2019, recognizes his longstanding commitment to local governmental law and the distinction he enjoys among his peers.  At MHTL Attorney Mello advises and represents municipal clients with all facets of their legal affairs, and in litigation in the areas of construction and land use law, wetlands and environmental law, licensing and numerous others.  He also utilizes his expertise in this area to serve private and non-profit clients in connection with permitting, litigation and other matters involving local and state governmental issues.  MHTL proudly congratulates Attorney Mello on this noteworthy distinction.

 

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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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