Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Attorneys Present a Webcast
Nan ONeill and Peter McNulty, attorneys with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP recently presented a webcast for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). The topic being discussed was CARES Act: Impact on Small- to Mid-Sized Employers and Their Workforces.
The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) 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.
This webcast covered fundamental aspects of the CARES Act most likely to impact small and mid-sized companies and their workforces. Attorney McNulty’s session addressed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses as well as recent and developing guidance from the Small Business Administration. Peter also discussed Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for small businesses. Attorney ONeill focused her discussion on other financial relief potentially available under the CARES ACT, including mid-sized business loans. Nan also discussed the expanded unemployment benefits and the impact on state unemployment programs as well as laid-off and furloughed workers.
This program dealt with topics focused on helping employers navigate the complex field of labor and employment and corporate laws due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Well-informed employers are much better equipped to avoid legal landmines.
Dr. Desmond’s first encounter with John Lewis was at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. At just 18 years old he was one of roughly 250,000 people from across America who gathered at the nation’s capital to attend the infamous march where, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his emotional and prophetic “I Have a Dream” speech. Among other notables who spoke, Desmond recalls that a young, 23-year-old John Lewis delivered a moving and emotional call for racial and economic justice and passage of overdue civil rights legislation.
National Labor Relations Board Changes Legal Approach to Employee’s Use of Profane, Racist, and Sexually Harassing Speech in Protected Activity
On July 21, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (“the Board”) changed its analysis towards an employee’s use of verbally offensive behavior in the context of protected activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“the Act” or “NLRA”) in the following decision: General Motors, LLC, No. 14-CA-197985, 369 NLRB No. 127 (2020).