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.
A Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP client was unanimously granted a special permit by the Zoning Board of Appeals to allow the conversion of the St. Joseph-St. Therese Church rectory into a group residence facility for young women. The owners of the building, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River, are represented by Attorney Peter McNulty from MHTL. The rectory building originally closed in October 2021, and was used to house Parrish priests. Mr. McNulty reported that the Read More
The Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Vaccination and Testing Requirements but Upholds HHS Vaccination Requirements
On January 13, 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued a “stay” that prevents OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) from taking effect for the time being. On the same day, the Supreme Court also issued a “stay” that allows the Health and Human Services (“HHS”) mandatory COVID-19 vaccination rule for all Medicare and Medicaid funded facilities to go into effect. Given that both of these rulings involved applications for preliminary or emergency relief, neither of them represents the final word on the enforceability of the vaccine and/or testing mandates, and additional litigation is a certainty as the lower courts further evaluate the legality of the mandates.