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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Partner Presents the Legal and Fiduciary Update at the 38th Annual ISCEBS Symposium in New Orleans

The ISCEBS held its 38th annual Symposium featuring two and a half days of keynote speakers, breakout and discussion sessions covering a variety of employee benefits topics presented by industry experts. The purpose of this Symposium is to provide actionable strategies and takeaways on the benefits issues and trends affecting plan participants. Attendees also have the opportunity to connect with hundreds of benefits professionals across the U.S. and Canada who are tackling the same benefits issues and to gain educational credits that will aid them in their future career endeavors. It’s where employee benefits professionals gain the insight they need to curate the benefits that keep their employees engaged and their plans compliant. Attendees have the opportunity to discover leading-edge strategies from benefits professionals who share their experience along with best practices, tips and trends.

Katherine A. Hesse, a partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP recently presented the U.S. legal update with a three pronged approach to aid employee benefits experts in navigating the legal decisions most pertinent to their field. Part one focused on three important and interesting developments which included deference to agency decisions, ACA challenges, and corporate governance. Part two emphasized guiding principles and cases which illustrated the necessity of said principles. Part three spotlighted recent Supreme Court case decisions that most impacted the employee benefits field.

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans 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.

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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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