Webinar Presented by Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Education Partners
On March 31, 2020, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, partners Mary Ellen Sowyrda and Alisia St. Florian held a well attended virtual meeting to review the current DESE guidance. MHTL’s virtual meeting took place following the March 26, 2020, virtual meeting with Russell Johnston, the Senior Associate Commissioner of the Center for District Support at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Johnston’s meeting issued guidance from the Commissioner of Education as well as FAQ’s.
Attorneys Sowyrda and St. Florian discussed the FAQ’s handed down from DESE along with their expert outlook on how schools can confront these issues going forward. Sowyrda and St. Florian also discussed documenting all communication sent to students and parents while schools are closed. Privacy/confidentiality issues were also addressed as communicating with parents during school closure will take place virtually or over the phone as a result of COVID-19. As stated by St. Florian; “the ability to engage with clients through the chat function resulted in a productive exchange of questions and answers. I look forward to scheduling more virtual meetings as new information and guidance is issued by DESE.”
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP has an extensive education law practice representing more than one hundred and eighty public, private and nonprofit educational institutions from pre-K through the college and university level.The firm is also known throughout New England for its labor and employment practice as well as its expansive municipal law practice.
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
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.