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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Attorneys Present their Annual Legal Update for Cape Cod Human Resources Association

Nan O’Neill, Sarah Spatafore and Kier Wachterhauser, attorneys at law from Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane recently presented their Annual Legal Update for the Cape Cod Human Resources Association. This year the topics focused on lessons from the year’s top cases & regulatory and statutory update, Employment Leave in Massachusetts: a refresher and practical guidance on the multitude of Federal and State Leave Laws, and drug testing in the wake of marijuana legalization.

Kier Wachterhauser and Sarah Spatafore presented a comprehensive overview of major legislative, regulatory and case law developments during the past year.  Important cases coming out of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Judicial Court addressed Wage Act damages, overtime exemptions, discrimination laws, and arbitration agreements.   The statutory and regulatory update included an overview of the multitude of recent statutory and regulatory changes, such as increasing minimum wages, MA paid family medical leave, and wage and hour updates from the Department of Labor.

Nan O’Neill gave practical guidance on some of the biggest issues facing employers today, the leave law issue including the implementation of the new MA PFML and the intersection of the often overlapping leave laws including FMLA, ADA, Worker’s compensation, MA Earned Sick Time, domestic leave, and small necessities leave.  The session offered an overview of the major leave laws and practical guidance on implementation and compliance as employers continue to grapple with the intricacies of the PFML.

Kier Wachterhauser focused on drug testing in the wake of the legalization of recreational marijuana in MA, including the conflict between state and federal law, pre-employment testing issues, as well as implementation and constraints regarding random drug testing and reasonable suspicion drug testing.

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Partner Nan O’Neill of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Introduced the Educational Session Conducted by the Department of Family and Medical Leave

For Massachusetts employers, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Advisory Group and Government Affairs Committee held a Paid Family and Medical Leave law session conducted by the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML”). The session was led by Mike Doheny, Undersecretary of Department of Labor and Workforce Development and General Counsel to the Secretary of Labor, Greg Norfleet, Deputy Director of Operations, and Mary Tibma, Manager of Stakeholder Engagement.  Also in attendance was Bob Foley, Chief Operating Read More

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