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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Attorneys Present at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s 41st Annual Meeting and Trade Show

Katherine Hesse, partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, presented during the Labor Law Update: New Laws, Recent Cases and Agency Decisions at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s (MMA) 41st Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Boston. Attorney Hesse’s presentation focused on new and important decisions arising from the Joint Labor-Management Committee, Department of Labor Relations, Civil Service Commission, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and Contributory Retirement Appeal Board in 2019. Some of the most significant decisions which Attorney Hesse discussed involved the teachers’ strike in Dedham and the presence of observers in collective bargaining negotiations. Peter Mello, attorney at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane and President of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyer’s Association, moderated the MMA’s Municipal Law Update presentation which covered a broad range of important recent developments in municipal law.

 

The MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show is the largest regular gathering of Massachusetts local government officials. The two-day event features educational workshops, nationally recognized speakers, awards programs, a large trade show, and an opportunity to network with municipal officials from across the state.

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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Receives Second Favorable BSEA Decision for Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District

  Mary Ellen Sowyrda, a Partner at Murphy, Hesse Toomey & Lehane, LLP, prevailed on behalf of her client, Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Distrist (“District”), for the second time in two months. In June 2021, Ms. Sowyrda received a favorable decision from the Bureau of Special Education (“BSEA”) in response to the District’s request for substitute consent to perform a three-year evaluation of a student. The second favorable Decision, involving the same student, is a result of a Hearing Request filed Read More

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The American Rescue Plan Act’s Aid Allocations to State, Local Governments, and Schools

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.

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