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.
The MCLE (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education) sponsored an eLecture where Mary Ellen Sowyrda, a partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, presented. Alongside Ms. Sowyrda was Daniel Ahearn, Esq., and Marlies Spanjaard from the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), school authorities are required to conduct Manifestation Determination when it comes to discipling a student with disabilities. Their presentation, titled “How to Handle Manifestation Determination Reviews for Students with Disabilities”, focused Read More
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