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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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NLRB Allows Employers to Stop Deducting Union Dues when CBA Expires

On December 16, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a decision, Valley Hospital Medical Center, Inc. d/b/a Valley Hospital Medical Center, regarding an employer’s right to unilaterally stop deducting union dues at the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”). The Board initially permitted employers to stop collecting union dues after a CBA’s expiration in a 1962 decision called Bethlehem Steel. However, in 2015, the NLRB reversed course in a case titled Lincoln Lutheran of Racine.

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