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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane Partner has Virtual Chat South Shore Chamber President and Members

 

Katherine A. Hesse, a partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, recently presented a virtual chat with Peter Forman, president of South Shore Chamber. The members heard from Katherine on how MHTL is adjusting in this unchartered territory. The virtual chat also allowed members to ask their pressing questions on navigating this pandemic and the reopening process.

 

 

Katherine Hesse focused on the legal environment surrounding reopening Massachusetts, pointing out the legal requirements all employers must comply with, as laid out in Governor Baker’s Four-Phase approach. During the chat, attorney Hesse gave practical guidance for businesses about forming a team that would consist of an attorney, accountant, banker, insurance broker and the chamber to assist with navigating these uncertain times. This team would help employers comply with the MA mandates, they can incorporate requirements for creating a safe workplace, maintaining a harassment-free workplace, and other regulatory provisions, into employee communications and required employee training.

 

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP is known throughout New England for its labor and employment practice as well as its expansive municipal law practice. The firm also has an extensive education law practice representing more than 180 public, private and nonprofit educational institutions from elementary through the collegiate level.

 

 

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  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

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MARIJUANA REFORM BILL BECOMES LAW

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.

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