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.
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
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) which provides for a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package. State and local governments, and also many educational entities, will receive substantial funding. Having endured the last year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, both states and local governments, as well as schools, have experienced unexpected expenses, losses in revenues, and budgetary burdens. The purpose of this Client Alert is to explain generally how funds from the ARPA relief aid have been designated to alleviate those COVID-19-related challenges.