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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Partner Presented Webcast for IFEBP

Kier Wachterhauser, a partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP recently presented a webcast for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). The topic being discussed was Employment Law Updates: Drug Testing, Sexual Harassment, Overtime and Leave Laws.

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing solution-oriented education, research and information about employee benefits to single, multi-employer, and public employee benefit plans across the United States and Canada.

Not only do laws and rules change frequently but so does workplace culture. Kier’s session addressed evolving employment-related laws, regulations, and trends in today’s workplace.  The program covered: drug and alcohol testing, use of personal cell phones and employer email, workplace sexual harassment in the age of the #MeToo Movement, new proposed overtime and regular rate regulations, general trends in paid and unpaid leave laws, and the latest pertinent Supreme Court cases.  Among these various topics, the program examined changing attitudes towards marijuana in the wake of continuing legalization and decriminalization, as well as some of the latest trends in combating harassment in the workplace.

This program dealt with topics focused on helping employers navigate the complex field of labor and employment law. Well-informed employers are much better equipped to avoid legal landmines and maintain a welcoming environment that leads to increased employee retention. This session concentrated on evolving employment-related laws, regulations, and trends in today’s workplace.

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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, Represents Dedham School Committee in Labor Dispute

Kevin Bresnahan, a partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, represented the Dedham School Committee in its recently-concluded collective bargaining with its teachers’ union. After nearly two years of negotiations, the union scheduled a strike vote last week. Attorney Bresnahan filed a petition with the Department of Labor Relations on behalf of the School Committee, and obtained an order to prevent the illegal strike. When the union went forward with the strike vote, a judge in the Norfolk Superior 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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