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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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Bristol Superior Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Decision in Favor of Fall River Mayor, Represented by Peter Mello and Matthew Feeney of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP

On October 10, 2019, the Bristol Superior Court issued a decision denying the Fall River City Council’s motion for a preliminary injunction, through which the City Council sought to require Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II to relinquish control of his Office.  While the City Council argued that a certain provision of the Fall River Charter affords the Council broad discretion to take such action, in denying the City Council’s motion the Court rejected the Council’s interpretation, in part Read More

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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Post-Janus Bill Over Governor’s Veto

On September 19th, the Massachusetts Legislature overwhelmingly overrode Governor Charlie Baker’s veto of a union-friendly law. The bill was passed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Janus v. AFSCME which relieved bargaining unit employees who were not members of the union of the obligation to pay dues to public sector unions. The Massachusetts bill allows unions to charge non-members certain fees, relieves unions of some of their obligations to those non-union employees, and expands unions’ access to public employees.

 

 

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