On June 4, 2020, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted “An Act Relative to Municipal Governance During the COVID-19 Emergency.” The Governor signed the bill into law on June 5, 2020. This bill is the third in a series of legislation designed to mitigate the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has created for municipal operations, budgets, and governance. The legislation largely addresses municipal elections, town meetings, and municipal finance questions. This client alert summarizes the legislation’s increased flexibility regarding town meetings and elections. A second client alert will address the law’s provisions regarding municipal finance.
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane expresses its condolences to the family of justice Ginsburg, a caring and intellectually powerful woman. As a justice, lawyer, and teacher she stood for the principles that enhanced the civil rights of women and men of all color, rights of equal pay between the sexes, the rights to healthcare and the basic rights of criminal defendants. Justice Ginsburg knew what it was to be a women in a male dominated profession Read More
On Friday, September 11, 2020, the Department of Labor issued revisions to the temporary rule regarding the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). Those revisions can be found here - https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/16/2020-20351/paid-leave-under-the-families-first-coronavirus-response-act. The revisions take effect on September 16, 2020.