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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane ERISA Partner Katherine Hesse Elected as Advisory Director of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits

Katherine A. Hesse, a partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, and Chair of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ Government Liaison Committee, was recently elected to become a member of the Board of Directors when the group convened for their annual midyear board and committee meetings at the end of July in Girdwood, Alaska. Ms. Hesse will begin her term as an Advisory Director starting January 1, 2020 and will serve through December 31, 2022.

The International Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of labor trustees, management trustees and benefit plan administrators (salaried and contract) of multiemployer or single employer employee benefit plans in the United States and Canada. The eight Advisory Directors are respected practitioners in professions in or related to the employee benefits field, such as accountants, actuaries, attorneys, consultants and investment advisors, as well as nationally prominent persons in such areas as education, government, labor, and management. The election makes Ms. Hesse one of two attorneys serving as an Advisory Director.

In addition to being voted in as an Advisory Director, Ms. Hesse also presented the annual Government Liaison Committee midyear update to the Board of Directors. She will be presenting on suspension of pension benefits because of prohibited employment at their annual meeting in San Diego on October 22, 2019.

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  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

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MARIJUANA REFORM BILL BECOMES LAW

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.

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