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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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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Presents “Recent Developments in ERISA”

  Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, Partner Katherine Hesse gave a plenary presentation on Recent Developments in ERISA on Friday September 16 to members of the Group Legal Services Association (“GLSA”) at its annual meeting in New Orleans.  Among the topics she emphasized were what employers/plan sponsors need to know in the aftermath of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade and lessons from the Court’s decision in Hughes and other class action litigation as to factors to consider Read More

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MARIJUANA REFORM BILL BECOMES LAW

On August 12, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker signed S. 3096, “An act relative to equity in the cannabis industry,” (“Act”) into law. The Act reforms Massachusetts’s existing marijuana laws, particularly with respect to host community agreements (“HCAs”), community impact fees (“CIFs”), and social consumption sites (e.g. marijuana cafes). The Act empowers the Cannabis Control Commission (“Commission”), the state regulatory agency, to exert greater control over HCAs and their CIFs. Municipalities levy CIFs on cannabis businesses to account for the costs they impose on the municipality as a result of their operations. Additionally, the Act allows municipalities to permit on-premises social consumption of marijuana at designated sites. Other notable provisions of the Act include the new Social Equity Trust Fund (“Trust Fund”), changes to the tax law regarding cannabis businesses, and various provisions concerning those persons and communities most impacted by the prior illegality of marijuana usage and sale. Governor Baker vetoed only one section of the final bill: the provision calling on the state to conduct a study of medical marijuana usage in schools.

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